UPDATED Venue: What’s the Strategy?
Randy Wilson, attorney for Allen Keate, had entered into an agreement to transfer venue for Allen Keate’s trial to Tom Green County. After Raymond’s verdict, and after consultation with the posse of attorneys for companion defendants, Wilson withdrew his Motion to Transfer Venue (huh? after an agreed order was already entered?)
The Court could transfer venue to Tom Green County on its own, but likely won’t. They’ll have to go through the process of trying to seat a jury, likely fail, then move to Tom Green County.
It is unlikely that Allen Keate will get the tiny bit of sympathy that Raymond Jessop got in Schleicher County … he is an older man, he is three times the age of his child sex slave, Merilyn, and he gave away three of his own little girls as brides to FLDS pedophiles. My goodness, his “bad acts” notice makes Ray look like choir boy.
If you were Keate, would you rather have a San Angelo jury or an Eldorado jury?
What’s the strategy here — try to get a sympathetic jury in Schleicher county and hope that one can be seated .. or hope that a jury can’t be seated, thereby delaying Keate’s trial and punishment by a few days ….or simply create more confusion and hopefully more points for appeal?
It’s interesting watching the One Man centralized defense shape up. Wonder what they’re up to.
UPDATE 11/16: The State has filed a motion for the court to transfer venue on its own motion, essentially reciting the agreement to transfer and asking the Court to go ahead and transfer it without the necessity of holding a hearing. There is apparently a pre-trial hearing on Thursday in San Angelo, and perhaps this request will be taken up or ruled on. Jury Summonses have been issued in Schleicher County and Tom Green County.