Trial moved for man accused of killing LPD Officer Herrera

The trial will now begin on March 7, 2022, at 9:00 a.m., in the District Courtroom in Columbus, Nebraska. 
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – A Lancaster County Judge allowed a venue change for the trial of Felipe Vazquez, the man accused of killing LPD Officer Mario Herrera.

District Court Judge Andrew Jacobsen amended the motion for change of venue on Tuesday.

According to court documents, the trial will now begin on March 7, 2022, at 9:00 a.m., in the District Courtroom in Columbus, Nebraska.

The defendant motioned for a venue change on Monday. Court documents state that the publicity around the shooting was “extensive” and “immediate.”

The defendant argues his right to a fair trial by impartial jurors in Lancaster County would be prejudiced due to the extensive coverage of the case.

Examples of local media covering the case were submitted by the defendant for evidence.

The court decided the defendant would not receive a fair trial in Lancaster County due to the “pervasive publicity” of the case, under the Irvin v. Dowd standard.

District Court Judge Robert Steinke advised the court that his courtroom in Platte County would be available for trial purposes.

Lancaster County will still pay all costs, fees, charges and expenses accruing from the change of venue. The Clerk of Platte County will draw 100 names for the jury panel.

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