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OSU Homecoming crash trial will stay in Stillwater, at least until jury selection begins

STILLWATER, Okla. - The trial for the woman accused of killing four people when she crashed her car into a crowd at the OSU Homecoming Parade will stay in Stillwater.

Adacia Chambers is charged with four counts of second-degree murder and dozens of counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

Tuesday, witnesses for the defense told the court that people in Stillwater already think Chambers is guilty, and Chambers’ attorney told the judge there is no way she can get a fair trial in Payne County.

Her defense team asked for a change of venue.

The judge denied it but, if they can’t get 12 impartial men and women during jury selection, the trial could still be moved to another county.

Several motions were decided Tuesday.

The defense wanted to ban victims’ family members from showing emotion in the courtroom during trial, arguing this would cause the jury to sympathize with them.

The defense also wanted to keep pictures of the victims out of the trial, as well as autopsy photos, and Chambers’ attorneys wanted to get statements suppressed that Chambers made after the crash.

Back then, she told investigators she was suicidal when the tragedy unfolded.

Ultimately, the judge denied all those motions as well as the change of venue motion.

“We were prepared to try the case either way,” said defense attorney Tony Coleman.

Coleman told the court the case has turned into a “media monster” and pointed out the first judge assigned to the case recused herself because she knew one of the victims.

Prosecutors argued they have a bigger jury pool than just Stillwater and asked the judge to keep the trial where the crime happened, at least until they try to seat a jury.

“When they empanel a potential jury pool, we have no control over where they come from. We don't know anything about them other than our first chance we get in the voir dire process,” Coleman said.

Under Oklahoma law, if the judge decides during jury selection that the pool is too tainted by publicity or knowledge of what happened, the trial can be moved to another county in that judicial district, which would be Logan County.

Chambers’ trial beings January 10.