BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) A judge has refused to move the trial of a man facing murder charges in a Vermont highway wrong-way crash that killed five teenagers.
The Burlington Free Press reports state Superior Court Judge Kevin Griffin in a decision issued last week rejected a call by the attorneys for 37-year-old Steven Bourgoin to move his trial out of Chittenden County.
Bourgoin's attorneys argue pre-trial publicity makes it impossible for him to get a fair trial. The judge says Chittenden County offers the largest pool of potential jurors.
Bourgoin has pleaded not guilty to five counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of the teenagers, who attended high schools in Vermont and New Hampshire. Prosecutors say he drove the wrong way on Interstate 89 almost two years ago and collided head-on with the students' vehicle.
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