Hargon Trial Granted Venue Change

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The capital murder trial of Earnest Lee Hargon, the man accused in the Valentine's Day murders of his cousin, the cousin's wife and the couple's four-year-old child, will be moved from Yazoo County.

Circuit Judge Jannie Lewis made that ruling Tuesday at a hearing on a defense motion to order news organizations, including newspapers and a television station, to make available records of their news coverage on the Hargon case.

Attorney Wesley Evans of Canton, Hargon's lawyer, says it would have been difficult for his client to receive a fair trial in Yazoo County, the victims' home county.

District Attorney James Powell told the court that if the motion was part of Evans' attempt to secure a change of venue, then it would not be necessary. He said the prosecution was aware that it would be difficult to hold the trial in Yazoo County, the home county of the victims, and he would agree to a change of venue.

Lewis told attorneys to submit a list of three counties as possible trial sites, but no decision was made as to when and where the trial would be held.