Story Published: Jun 2, 2010 at 5:34 PM PDT
ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — Attorneys for the man accused of killing 14-year-old Stephanie Condon want the trial moved out of Douglas County.
The Riddle girl disappeared Oct. 30, 1998, while baby-sitting her cousin's twin toddlers. The missing-person case generated extensive publicity in southwest Oregon before a hiker found the girl's remains near Glide in March 2009 and Dale Wayne Hill was arrested.
Mark Sabitt, one of two attorneys representing Hill, said there was too much publicity for the case to be tried in Roseburg.
"It is a case that has been investigated by state, federal and international agencies for 10½ years," Sabitt said at a court hearing Tuesday.
Hill, 40, has pleaded not guilty to murder and kidnapping. He has been held without bail at the county jail as he awaits a trial tentatively set to start in February.
Hill wore a light-blue, plaid dress shirt and navy slacks at Tuesday's hearing. He looked straight ahead without expression when entering
the courtroom. Stephanie Condon's parents, Christine and Marty, sat in the front row directly behind Hill.
Throughout most of the hearing, Coos County Judge Richard L. Barron helped attorneys establish deadlines for court motions to be filed and heard. Barron is handling the trial because all the Douglas County judges either recused themselves or were asked by the prosecution or defense not to preside.
Barron set the week of Sept. 20 to hear pre-trial motions.
Aside from the change of venue, Sabitt asked the judge to compel the prosecution to provide more evidence to defense attorneys. He asked for notes taken by 15 FBI agents who investigated the area where Condon's remains were found. He asked for GPS coordinates and similar data used to identify the site where her body was found. He also asked for notes an expert wrote while analyzing DNA evidence.
Prosecutor Stephanie Tuttle said she didn't know if the FBI notes existed and she wasn't sure how she would be able to provide the mapping information.
"If there's a way to provide that, we will," Tuttle said.
After Tuesday's hearing, Christine and Marty Condon said they didn't have time to comment.
"We're going to be late for work," Marty Condon said as the two rushed from the courtroom.
Information from: The News-Review, http://www.nrtoday.com