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Another high profile trial could move to Albany

^ Brent Marsh in bullet-proof vest for his safety. ^ Brent Marsh in bullet-proof vest for his safety.
^ Brent Marsh ^ Brent Marsh

November 21, 2002

Noble--  The lawyer for Tri-State Crematory operator Brent Marsh doesn't want the case heard in northwest Georgia, and may ask to bring the trial here.

Georgia's chief medical examiner says work to identify remains found at the crematory in Walker County is wrapping up. That means the criminal case against Brent Marsh will begin to move forward. And there's a chance it could move to southwest Georgia.

Brent Marsh is charged with nearly 400-felony counts related to the discarding of 340 bodies he was supposed to cremate. The remains were discovered on his property in Noble in February. So far, only 195 bodies have been positively identified, but medical examiner Dr. Kris Sperry most others will never be identified, and he expects to finish his work next month.

Walker County District Attorney Buzz Franklin says he will then take the case to a grand jury in January.

Marsh's attorney Ken Poston told Newscenter Ten he wants the trial moved away from Walker County, and he doesn't want it held near Atlanta. He will file a change of venue motion, and may ask the Judge to move the case to Albany.

Poston says the Dougherty County system proved it could handle a high-profile case from another jurisdiction when former DeKalb County sheriff Sidney Dorsey's murder trial was held here last summer.

D.A. Franklin says he would not contest a change of venue motion.

posted at 4:50PM by dave.miller@walb.com