STANFORD - An attorney for one of the men charged in the 2002 murders of Ryan Shangraw and Bo Upton is asking that further proceedings in the case be closed to the public and that those involved be prohibited from talking to the media.
Public defender James L. Cox, who represents Neccolus L. Mundy, filed the motion for a gag order last week in Lincoln Circuit Court. He argues that the murder case has "already received a great deal of publicity" and additional coverage would damage his client's chance for a fair trial.
Judge Jeffrey Burdette has set a pretrial conference on Nov. 25 to hear motions by prosecutors and attorneys for the five defendants in advance of the trial, which is tentatively scheduled for April.
Mundy, along with Charles E. Smith and Deonte Simmons, have been charged as adults and face the death penalty if convicted of the murders. All three are from Richmond and have pleaded not guilty.