A judge moved the murder trial of Lewis "Buck" Ballard to Woodford County, following two unsuccessful days of jury selection in Bourbon County.
Bourbon Circuit Judge Rob Johnson, who also serves Woodford County, made the decision Thursday night after the second full day of jury selection process, according to the Bourbon Circuit Clerk's office.
A written ruling has not been filed as of this morning.
Clerks in Woodford County, the case will begin Monday at 9 a.m., but a decision has not been made as to whether the case will begin anew in Versailles.
Commonwealth's Attorney Gordie Shaw was not available this morning.
Ballard, 50, could be facing the death penalty if convicted of murder and first-degree sodomy for the August 2007 death of 6-year-old Wesley Mullins. The boy, who was a student at Strode Station Elementary, died from blunt force injuries and was found in his grandfather's garage. Ballard was staying with the grandfather at the time.