Two high-profile defendants requested Tuesday that their trials be moved out of Boyle County.
Jack Caldwell Sr., who is accused of gunning down his next-door neighbor, and Steven Hoeck, a former children's advocate charged with child sex abuse, both believe their cases have gotten too much media attention for them to receive fair trials in Boyle Circuit Court.
Danville attorney Ephraim Helton, who represents both men, has asked Judge Darren Peckler for changes of venue in both cases during hearings Tuesday. Peckler set the matters for argument on Feb. 7.
Caldwell, 79, is charged with murder in the August shooting death of Jim Trachsel. Police have said a long-running property dispute between the two neighbors on Boone Trail led to the shooting, while Helton maintains that Caldwell fired in self-defense as Trachsel approached him from behind on a riding lawn mower.