Judge rejects motion for change of venue in officer shooting
SPRINGFIELD (AP) - A southwest Missouri judge has rejected - for now - a change of venue request for a man charged with shooting a Springfield police officer.
The attorney for 32-year-old Joshua Hagood filed the motion this week, saying pretrial publicity made it impossible of Hagood to receive a fair trial. Hagood was charged with assault of a law enforcement officer and other counts after the shooting in January.
The Springfield News-Leader reports Greene County District Court Judge David Jones denied the change of venue request Tuesday but said he would reconsider it before the trial begins.
Hagood is being held in Greene County Jail without bond.
Officer Aaron Pearson suffered a career-ending brain injury and is being treated at a rehabilitation hospital in Georgia.