A change of venue hearing has been denied Tuesday morning for the third defendant in the Mineola sex ring case, after a judge denied the claims of the defense that too much pre-trial publicity could taint the Smith County jury pool.
Judge Jack Skeen today said that the defense's request for the change of venue was "without merit", and that "The evidence in this hearing does not show, does not prove, that the defendant cannot get a fair and impartial trial in Smith County."
He also said that the media coverage of the two previous trials and pre-trial hearings had not been biased against the defendant.
On Monday, Judge Jack Skeen granted Patrick "Booger Red" Kelly's defense team more time to prepare its case, though it cut the amount of time the defense requested for continuance from 90 days to a mere 14.
This schedules "Booger Red" Kelly's trial to begin in a Smith County court on July 14th.
"Booger Red" Kelly is accused of organized criminal activity, destroying evidence in the case, and sexual assault of a child in connection with forcing children, including siblings, to have sex with each other for the profit of him and other adults charged in this case.