Man Accused of Murder Seeking to Have Trial Moved Out of Wichita County


A Wichita Falls man accused of a murder in June of 2015 is seeking to have his trial moved out of Wichita County because his attorney does not believe he can get a  fair and unbiased jury here.

Justin Love  is scheduled for trial in June for his alleged part in the murder of Domanic Thrasher, in what prosecutors say was a marijuana deal that went bad.

One of the three defendants in this case, Blayne Brooks, was found guilty in November and is now serving 60 years in prison.

The third defendant, Whitney O'Brien has not pleaded or gone to trial, and testified for the state in the Brooks trial.

The motion for a change of venue states there is a great prejudice against Love in Wichita County, because of extensive and damaging  publicity by media. The motion cites numerous news stories referring to Love's alleged actions and roles in the Thrasher shooting, and testimony that Love yelled for Brooks to shoot Thrasher.

Many of the reportedly prejudicial  reports originated in coverage of Brooks' trial. Earlier, Love's attorney also filed to have access to recordings of phone calls of O'Brien in jail, saying he believes there are numerous inconsistencies in her statements to police, the grand jury and in court.

O'Brien testified Brooks fired the shots that killed Thrasher when he ran without paying for marijuana and that Love yelled to Brooks to shoot him.


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