APNewsBreak: Venue change sought in priest slaying

By Holbrook Mohr/The Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A lawyer for a man accused of killing a Catholic priest wants the case presented to grand jurors outside the area where the killing happened.

Jeremy Wayne Manieri is charged with shooting the priest at a south Mississippi beach house, then setting out with his family for a Disney vacation in the cleric’s car. He’s charged with killing the Rev. Ed Everitt of Hammond, La., in July 2011 but hasn’t been indicted.

Manieri’s attorney, Brian Alexander, filed a request Tuesday in Hancock County Circuit Court for a change of venue for the grand jury. Such a request involving a grand jury is unusual.

The motion says extensive publicity, including a campaign commercial for Attorney General Jim Hood that called Manieri a killer, makes it impossible to find objective grand jurors.