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.

Comments

Taxed Enough Already

 Let the trial be held in Maricopa County Arizona, Sheriff Joe Arpaio will take real good care of Kevin.

wiredmama222

taxed enough....sorry to say good old "joe" is under investigation out there.  And he may back "in the day" have taken care of him, but no longer.  We lived out there for a time.  Tent city was a sight to behold.  And that pink underwear!!!!!  LOL.  The talk of AZ.  

I have to agree with  the person who said they feared for the jury and intimidation.  I recall someone else making mention of that before.  It isn't just that.  It is the trial itself that will be a mess.  There is going to be a huge division in this entire town.  Anyone who doesn't know that by now is fooling themselves.  It will get worse as the trial goes along.  I fear for the innocent people of Sandusky who get caught in the crossfire. We will have more than words flying I fear and that is unnecessary and unfortunate but when you have a heated case like this, it is what happens.  I, for one, don't want to see anyone get hurt. 

If it gets moved to another locale, I am sure there are many people who can help out the family members to see that it won't be a burden financial to the Dunns to get them to that  locale.  It won't be taken that far away.  We aren't talking States her, just counties. 

But the for safety of all concerned and to eliminate some of the problems, it might be in everyone's best interest to move it.  Right now, if you read the posts, almost every one of them shows they would vote guilty.  Let the legal system do that for us that feel that way. 

He will be just as guilty in another county as he will be in Erie when the evidence is presented and just as dead when sentence is rendered whether in Erie or another county. 

And yes, it is placque, not plague....I hate my spell checker disc. I corrects without my knowing.  Sorry about that.  I need to re read more carefully. Thanks for pointing it out. 

NineMM

A lot of folks on here would like to see Randleman executed for this crime................Me too. Sad thing is, this guy has such a low IQ, it'll never happen. Defense will claim he didn't understand, or can't understand what he did was wrong.............I don't agree. This is the second death he is responsible for, and a polce officer to boot! Too bad they don't have Ol' Sparky down on death row anymore...........There would be a long line wanting to pull that contactor. SNAP, CACKLE,POP..................He's crispy.

KURTje

I can only hope that this **** randeltrash knows how much he is hated.    He's not going get away clean on this  1.

Rude McGootch

Whitacre's trying to get the trial moved to a county with a large African American and other minority population so he can stack the jury with jurors who don't have much respect for law enforcement. If the trial has to be moved it should, and MUST, be moved to a county with demographics similar to Erie County's. Hancock, Henry, Fulton, Putnam, and Defiance counties would be good choices. Under no circumstances should it be allowed to move to Cuyahoga, Lucas, or Franklin Counties!

SanMommy2

I beg to differ with some of the comments posted. Did you all forget Randleman also shot and killed an African American man. This is not about a black/white issue. This is about justice finally being served for Officer Dunn and Mark Everett. May God continue to bless their families

iamrevolutionary

 Death penalty cases are 'automatic' appeal, anyway, as someone else pointed out also. Makes no difference if trial is held here, or elsewhere. IT WILL BE APPEALED!  So, have it in Erie County where the killing was committed!  This is a 'smoke and mirriors' time-wasting arguement by the defense.

Joe Citizen

Move the case to another venue....do we really want to have the trial in Erie County and take a chance that a friend or relative of Randleman sits on the jury?

Streak4Life

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alahn

First of all, unless you were there you don't know who killed officer Dunn. Andy was physically handicapped and could have very well shot himself while trying to remove his gun from the holster or could have been shot by the other officer who returned fire on kevin.  That's why it's necessary for it to go to trial.  The facts need to be exposed. Secondly, the judge should grant the motion for the trial to be moved, because it's clear that prejudice does exist that would prevent an unbiased jury deliberation.  This case isn't just about race, but let's be completely honest.  Race is a huge factor in this case!!!  There is already a great amount of tension between the sandusky police department and the black community (black men inparticular) and you know just like I know his black skin makes it a whole lot easier to deliver a guilty verdict than it would if he were white.  Kevin should be tried by a jury of his peers which means people of the same legal status!! I.e. other american citizens, so it doesn't matter where else he's tried just as long as the jurors don't have a conflict of interest in the outcome.

frizzlefrap

yeah, officer dunn accidentally shot himself 2 times ...... are you bonkers?

alahn

nothing more to say..

shucks

Give him a fair trial then hang him.

Cityslicker

@alahan........What in the world are you smoking???

Local Resident

Where is our modern day Jack Ruby???

 

Now is the time

It's time for Sandusky to elect a new Prosecutor PERIOD !  This prosecutor stinks !!!  The smell of corruption polutes the air and the court house. Come on people, if it weren't for Kevin Baxter, Kevn Randleman would have been serving time for the urder of  Mark Everett. Do you think Kevin Baxter gave a ratz azz about this black man dying ?  Heck naw, his only concern was about himself and his own personal gain. Here he is, portraying to be this super hero as though he really cares. It's unfortunate that this officer lost his life to this nutt job wacko RANDLEMAN, however you must BLAME Kevin for this one. Kevin Baxter gave Randleman a slap on the wrist for murder of Mark Evertte. Kevin's no saint here,this should be an eye opener to the COMMUNITY THAT IT'S TIME FOR  KEVIN BAXTER TO GO !!!!  This is the same instance as the Caston case and how McDonald was framed serving a life sentence. Caston admitted to shooting of Vivian Johnson, it didn't stop Kevin Baxter from granting Shawn Caston a plea did it ? . Only this time Caston came home and committed another crime nearly killing another citizen. Thanks KEVIN BAXTER ! How many more lives are we going to allow this idiot to take ? Seems to me the Prosecutor has running for this spot in the bag. I'd vote for the Dog Catcher at this point. This is  just pitiful to watch. KEvin baxter has no right to dictate a case but we still are allowing him to step foot in the courtroom.When you google Kevin Baxter's name nothing but CORRUPTED material appears.  McDonald had a hearing in FEDERAL COURT on FRIDAY---. Let's say it was quite favorable. May God seek vengence against this corrupt man. It's time this DEVIL faces the music. it aint over by far !!!! Your day is coming Kevin Baxter and I can't wait !!!        

Now is the time
Now is the time says--- REMEMBER THIS> I TRUST GOD !!!! 

Buff , yes I still believe that McDonald will be set free !  You see, God has the final say in all of this. No Lawyer, No Judge, No Prosecutor, No Witness, NOBODY BUT GOD !!!!..... We all knew that this fight would be intense so it's no secret that this battle is not ours but the LORDS.. When God's children are  up against evil, you rebuke the devil and you allow God to step in to fight your battle. In other words buff, you let GO and let GOD which is what Kevin's victims should do !!!!  I refuse to doubt what GOD can do,  no matter what this title says in this newspaper, lol. We stand firm on God's promise ! What God has for me it is for me. So,  watch what I tell you, this door shut to open another. I'm praying for the lost souls of this world and believe it or not, I'm really praying for you.

God is a God of chances and you are  a prime example of how he gives chances. It's called stalling buff, so at some point I pray you get it right. I can hear that trumpet sounding.... what about you ? We all know KEVIN BAXTER IS BUFFF.... I TRUST GOD IN ALL THINGS....

 

God Bless !!!!!  Keep the faith God's people...... 

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