Hargon Defense Wants Change of Venue

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The attorney for Earnest Lee Hargon wants his client's trial moved out of Yazoo County, where Hargon is charged with the Valentine's Day murders of his cousin, the cousin's wife and the couple's four-year-old child.

Attorney Wesley Evans of Canton told The Associated Press that he will ask a judge on Tuesday to order news organizations, including newspapers and a television station, to make available records of their news coverage of the Hargon case.

Evans said he wants the information to prepare for a potential change of venue request. Hargon is scheduled to stand trial in Yazoo County on Dec. 6. He was indicted last month. Hargon has pleaded not guilty.

Michael and Rebecca Hargon and their son, James Patrick, vanished from their Vaughan community home in rural Yazoo County on Feb. 14. Their remains were found 16 days later in a wooded area in southeastern Mississippi, not far from Earnest Lee Hargon's home in Smith County.

District Attorney James Powell, whose office is handling the prosecution, says an attempt to move the trial was expected.