Attorneys for Kenneth Osburn want his 2nd murder trial moved out of Ashley County in southeast Arkansas. A jury convicted Osburn of capital murder
in the death of Watson Chapel teenager Casey Crowder.
The supreme court overturned Osburn's conviction saying he confessed because of police coercion. Now, a year later the whole thing starts over and Osburn's attoneys don't want it here.
Today the first time anyone has seen Kenneth Osburn since his conviction two years ago for the murder of 17-year old Casey Crowder.
Crowder disappeared from the side of Highway 65 near Dumas early one morning in the summer of 2006 after her car broke down. She was found strangled and dumped a week later in this Desha County field.
Her disappearance garnered national headlines. That carried over to Osburn's prosecution. The trial moved to Hamburg because of pre-trial publicity.
"It was an emotional case, it was highly covered with the media, everywhere from Little Rock down to Louisiana," defense attorney Jim Wyatt says.
Now Osburn's defense team says all that publicity has tainted Ashley County for his second trial.
"Based on the people throughout the county that our investigator talked to we just don't think Mr. Osburn can get a fair trial here," Wyatt says.
Prosecutor Thomas Deen said the defense didn't talk to enough people. And that knowledge of the case doesn't mean a fair jury can't be seated.
"Knowing about it doesn't, having it (trial) in your community can," Wyatt says.
And Osburn's attorneys want it moved out of Hamburg.
The judge did not make a ruling today but there's only a few places it could be moved to here in the southeast corner of the state.
Casey's parents didn't want to say anything today but in past interviews they indicated they're readying themselves again for another emotional trial.
Casey Crowder was murdered in Desha County in August of 2006. Kenneth Osburn was convicted of her murder in January of 2008. In June of last year, the Supreme Court overturned the verdict and ordered a new trial.