Judge Belvin Perry announced today that the trial of Casey Anthony will take place locally in Orange County.
But will it take place with local jurors? We’ll have to wait and see.
From the Orlando Sentinel:
It may not be heard by Orange County jurors, but the evidence against Anthony will play out in a local courtroom.
In a week and a half, the judge said, he will listen to arguments on whether the case should be tried by a jury from somewhere else.
If he grants that change-of-venue motion, he and attorneys will travel to another Florida county — he wouldn’t say which one — pick a 12-member jury plus alternates, then pack everyone up and bring them to Orange County for the rest of the trial.
During the upcoming weeks, Perry will hear motions on the death penalty and change of venue. Because of the costs associated with moving the trial and the likely need to sequester a jury, Perry suggested the trial would be held in Orlando.
“If I decide to sequester the jury, we will go somewhere, we will pick a jury, and they will be returned to Orange County,” Perry said.