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