Thursday, June 11, 2009

King's attorneys ask to move trial in murder of Denise Lee

By Todd Ruger

Published: Thursday, June 11, 2009 at 11:18 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, June 11, 2009 at 11:18 a.m.

SARASOTA COUNTY - The community reaction and publicity surrounding the kidnapping and murder of Denise Amber Lee mean extra preparations for the trial of her alleged attacker, which is scheduled to begin in August.

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Denise Amber Lee Jurors will be asked individually what they remember about media coverage of Michael King, 38, who is charged with kidnapping, rape and murder. Jurors will also be asked whether they discussed the case on the Internet through blogs or by posting to message boards, court records show.

King’s attorneys are asking that the trial be moved somewhere else in the state because of extensive publicity. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for King.

The case became the topic of a "Dr. Phil" show and hourlong national network shows, and became an impetus for improving emergency call centers across Florida.

If it stays in Sarasota County, the trial will be held in the largest courtroom to accommodate family, media and the public, as well as an extra large pool of potential jurors. It is expected to last three weeks.

Lee, 21, was reported missing from her North Port home on the afternoon of Jan. 17.

Her body was found two days later in a shallow grave six miles from her home.

King was arrested on a kidnapping charge the night of the abduction and was charged with murder after the body was found. He is being held in solitary confinement at the Sarasota County Jail.

A lab has matched King’s DNA to DNA found on Lee’s body, according to court documents filed by the prosecution.

My opinion

Well, we can't say this surprises us. Mostly my blog has been about 9-1-1 and, of course, Denise and our grief. sigh.