Photo of Garland Joseph Nelson from Missouri Dept of Corrections

The stealing case brought against accused murderer Garland Nelson has had a change of venue to Adair County.

On Monday attorneys and prosecutors debated the defenses change of venue request in front of Judge Ryan Horseman in Caldwell County court.

The trial had preciously been moved from Caldwell County to Johnson County and had been close to starting in April before a defense objection prevented the matter from going to trial. The trial was reset for August but COVID issues prevented it from going forward then.

In Monday’s arguments the defense asked for the trial to again be set in Johnson, Platte or Clay counties to avoid jurors tainted by media coverage of the case. The prosecution countered with Adair, Macon or Randolph counties.

Ultimately on Tumidity Judge Horseman awarded the change of venue but sent the case to Adair County.

No new date has been announced for the stealing trial. Nelson’s murder trial is set for June 6 in Warrensburg. A pretrial conference for that cases is set for May 2.


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