Attorneys, prosecutor at odds on Randleman trial location

A judge will soon decide if accused cop killer Kevin Randleman should face trial in Erie County or, as defense attorneys have requested, move to a different county where there's been less media coverage.
Jessica Cuffman
Mar 6, 2012

A judge will soon decide if accused cop killer Kevin Randleman should face trial in Erie County or, as defense attorneys have requested, move to a different county where there's been less media coverage.

Randleman's attorneys have asked Erie County Common Pleas Court Judge Tygh Tone to move the trial to another county because of intense media coverage in the case.  

“We have not said Andy Dunn and his family didn’t deserve the press coverage they received,” attorney Jeff Whitacre said. “It’s about Kevin Randleman’s right to a jury trial and how all of that affects him.”

Attorneys offered additional reasons for moving the trial: Law enforcement officers across the state attended Dunn’s funeral last year, and schools closed early for the event. Stickers in Dunn’s memory are plastered on vehicles throughout Erie County these days, while two memorials have also been created in his honor.

Local businesses have also posted signs in support of Dunn, and many local residents wear T-shirts in remembrance of the slain officer. 

In short, if a dozen Erie County residents are chosen to serve as jurors in the trial, it would be like putting Randleman on trial with Dunn’s family members as jurors, Whitacre said.

“Andy Dunn has been adopted as a favorite son in Sandusky,” Whitacre said. “That’s why this county cannot be the one that passes judgment on Kevin Randleman.”

Erie County prosecutor Kevin Baxter said Whitacre's argument is premature — the judge should only change the trial location if the court is unable to assemble a fair and impartial jury.

"I have every bit of confidence that we will be able to seat a jury," Baxter said.

Tone plans to make a decision within a week.

For more on this story, pick up Tuesday's Register.



 put this man to death already! i can't believe he's still trying to get away with it. you killed a cop! how can you sit there and say "well i didn't know what i was doing" 


I hate to say it, but I hope the judge does approve a change in venue. If he doesn't—if Randleman is tried here and found guilty—it will only provide the defense with cause for appeal. I don't suggest for a minute that a juror from Erie County isn't capable of rendering a verdict based solely on the evidence offered in the courtroom. But they will assuredly be accused of not being able to do so by any competent defense!

I say we head this one off at the pass and not only GIVE the man a fair trial, but make sure that APPEARANCES indicate he got a fair trial. The fewer the bases for appeal, the quicker we can get on to the punishment phase.

6079 Smith W

Change the venue to China. They'd give him a "fair trial" and then execute him.  


First try to seat the jury, then argue for change in venue.


Move is trial to Huron Co, that is where Julie Dunn is from, and then he gets a change of venue, and Julie is still close to the family when she needs them!  I wish we could go back to the Mayflower rules where murder is automatically a death sentence, by hanging in the public square.  MY Prayers for all the Dunn and LE families!



Excuse me while I go puke!!! Casey Anthoney was tried where she was accused of killing her daughter. Look at her, she walked away. It doesn't matter if he is tried here or not, his attorneys will appeal it regardless. Randleman should be judged by his peers as a jury does, and it should be here where the crime was committed!!! PERIOD!!


Move the trial...he will be found guilty no matter where it is due to the overabundance of evidence against him. 

Seen it All

It doesn't matter where this case is tried, it will automatically be appealed for one reason or another.  Let's just get it started already!!!


Out of 77,000, Whitacre doesn't think they could find 12 unbiased jurors?  If that's true then I wouldn't want to try any case in Erie County.

Horace Mann

Any elected judge would be nervous about granting a change of venue in this case but a conviction in Erie County is sure to be set aside on appeal.

Appeals. Overturned decisions. Retrials. The politicized prosecution function and the entire justice system is a welfare scheme for lawyers. ESPECIALLY when the death penalty is involved.



Just Thinkin

Who pulled the trigger, who chose to commit crime in ERIE County? Randleman did, If he did'nt want to be tried in ERIE County, Well then he should of thought about that when he pulled the trigger, or even before that when he knew by law he was not allowed to own nor have a gun on him, His fault no one else to blame except maybe lazy Judge's ? for not putting repeats to longer stays in lockup Give ERIE County people the benifit of the doubt, we are not all blood thirsty  fools


There were Police and people here from Across the whole CONTRY,  it was not just Officers and people from this general area ..... SO, I'd have to agree with 6079, move his trial to China where he can get a fair trail !!!! And to his Lawyers, IF you're going to make an argument (excuses), try not to let it be so lame. Not everyone is stupid.


I do not care where you hold this trial at, you will get the same result. Unless "Taxpayer" is on the jury, Randleman will get what's coming his way..... "Taxpayer" has been one of Randleman's biggest fans.

local man

Plead guilty, take the life sentence.  Instead the attorneys will line their pockets with taxpayers money with a verdict that we know will come down regardless of what county the trial is held.  A trial held away from Erie County will only increase the amount of expenses, thus more money for the attorneys.

Julie R.

It's been said that delays are a defense attorney's best friend for a number of reasons but all it really does is make the proceedings even more agonizing for the victims' families; their healing process can't even start until the trial is over and done with. I think Tone should put a stop to this right now --- he should set a date for the trial and be done with it so the Dunns can get some closure.   


Sam Adams is right.  Since you cannot change venue after a trial is already seated with jury, it is better to have it changed NOW.

Give the affect of having a fair trail and then knock him as guilty rather than start out that way. 

I do NOT want to see this man walk on a technicality, do any of YOU? 

That is what will happen if even the mere propriety of an unfair trial happens. Then there is no fair justice for Andy and his family.

Better to let another county have it and find him guilty than to have him get off on him claiming it being unfair here and letting him walk away when he should go to the 'ROOM". 


How 'bout 222 Meigs St.


I say have it right in erie county where he commited the crime  now its time to do the time.  this guy knew what he was doing he took a father an husband away from a family a a good citizen to the community was taken away. so i say have the trial where the crime was commited  better yet do like some high profile cases have an have the jury go to the crime scene  and take this guy out there and see his reaction  he needs to be put on trail in erie county for all to see


Here is a thought....Let them move it to WOOD county....the police there just gave a plague to memorialize Andy.   There police shoot to kill. 

That would solve it.  He would get a "fair trial" and be stupid enough to try and escape....PROBLEM SOLVED


wiredmama, they donated a plaque.


We could only hope that he would "manup" to what he did and plead guilty.  Give him some deal that he does not deserve, as long as he is put away for life.   Save the families the additional heart ache and publicity on this senseless killing that keep the wounds raw.  This also saves the taxpayers the money of having to pay for both his prosecution and defence.  We already are having to pay for keeping him in jail where he belongs. 


Can one sign up for jury duty?  I own a black suit, tie and shirt which I would wear every day of the trial, getting it cleaned on weekends.

The Answer Person

Saddest thing is that poor Officer Dunn's aim wasn't a shot to the face.


how do whitacre, dixon, and k ron sleep at night, knowing that they defend these killers?  my only hope is that they don't but then again, they're as bad as the scum they defend, so they probably sleep like babies.  oops, guess i shouldn't mention k ron and babies in the same blog


Let's move it to Harris County, Texas


The trial should be close enough that it doesn't put an undue burden or expense on Officer Dunn's family to attend.


One of the things I haven't seen mentioned yet is the possibility of the intimidation of the jury if the trial is held in Erie County.  This concerns me more then a fair trial by a jury of his peers.  How will the jury and their families be protected both during and after the trial?


I wish they would get on with this all lready, there needs to be justice for the family...This man knew what he was doing, he didnt care one bit he killed someone. Now sadly he has lawyers that only care about $$, who in there right mind would beleives this man is innocent, how do they sleep at night defending this scum..Karma will catch up to all of them...

The trial should be here, put the jurys in a secluded lockdown place for their protection, and get this trial moving..




Every page of every blog in this case is being copied by the defense to back up their assertion "the Defendant" cannot receive a fair trial here. The Sandusky Ragister has already queered this area for holding the trial. I am absoulutely for holding the trial @ 222 Meigs Street but it is gonna move to a large metro area (Toledo, Cleveland, Columbus ). The jury pool is larger and less continuing coverage for perspective jurors to read or hear. Unfortunate for the family but if it isn't moved it will be grounds for an instant appeal.