A change of venue request filed by the defense attorney for murder suspect Josh DeRosier was denied Thursday in Crow Wing County District Court.
DeRosier, 19, Brainerd, is accused in the Dec. 24 murders of his grandparents, Theodore "Ted" Bieganek, 68, and Angeline "Angie" Bieganek, 64. The Bieganeks were shot to death while in their bed in their rural Brainerd home.
A grand jury March 7 indicted DeRosier on two counts of first-degree murder, charges that carry a maximum sentence of life in prison. He is being held in Crow Wing County Jail.
In an order issued by Judge Fred Casey the request for a change of venue was denied.
DeRosier's attorney, Chuck Halvorson, requested a change of venue because of the publicity surrounding the murder case before it went to trial. Halvorson submitted an affidavit to the court stating he had talked to several people who were well informed of the facts and circumstances of the case and that the primary source of information was The Dispatch.
In his order, Casey said the information in The Dispatch stories concerning the DeRosier case didn't allow the court to conclude that a fair trial couldn't be obtained in Crow Wing County.
In his motion, Casey did grant Halvorson's request that statements made by DeRosier during his mental competency examination cannot be used by the Crow Wing County attorney's office, which is prosecuting the case.
DeRosier's next court appearance was set for 9 a.m. Oct. 28.
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