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Buie change of venue decision will come Monday

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By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – We'll find out Monday whether former Albany downtown manager Don Buie will be tried in Albany.

At a hearing Wednesday Buie's attorney argued publicity about his arrest and indictment would prevent him from getting a fair trial in Dougherty County.

Our cameras were not allowed into the courtroom, and Buie did not attend.

Attorney Johnnie Graham presented Judge Denise Marshall with more than 60 examples of media stories about Buie's legal problems since July.

She said the volume of media reports prejudiced people in Dougherty County, so the trial should be moved.

Prosecutors suggested bringing in a larger than usual jury pool.

Graham said "The fact is you just have more people that have been exposed to information that is inaccurate or at least half truths with regards to the allegations contained in the indictment."

Dougherty Chief Assistant D.A. Christopher Cohilas said " We routinely try cases here in Dougherty County that have reserved a lot of media publicity. The smart thing for us to do is to wait and see if we can get a jury that is fair and impartial."

Graham asked that the trial be moved to Macon, Brunswick, or Ft. Valley.

Judge Marshall will announce her decision Monday.

If the trial stays in Albany, jury selection will start December 14th.

Buie is charged with theft, Conspiracy, and making false statements.

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