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La Crosse Co. deputy wants to move felony trial

La Crosse County sheriff's deputy Trisha Stratman (left) leaves the courtroom Feb. 14 after making her initial appearance on the charge of homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle in the death of Brandon Jennings. Stratman is asking for her trial to be moved because media coverage of the case has tainted the jury pool. (AP Photo/La Crosse Tribune, Erik Daily)

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — The attorney for a former La Crosse County deputy charged in a fatal crash that killed a local teenager is asking for her trial to be moved because media coverage of the case has tainted the jury pool.

WKBT-TV reports Madison attorney Jordan Loeb cites “inflammatory media coverage” of Trisha Stratman’s case in his request for a change of venue filed on Tuesday.

Stratman was fired earlier this month following an internal investigation into the July 2010 crash that killed 16-year-old Brandon Jennings of Onalaska.

She’s also charged with homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle after allegedly going about 100 mph through a red light and hitting Jennings’ car. She has pleaded not guilty.

Investigators found Stratman’s lights and sirens were on at the time of the crash.

Information from: WKBT-TV, http://www.wkbt.com

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