Maricle murder trial should be moved, attorney says

BY Advocate.com Editors

April 21 2003 11:00 PM ET

Two men have pleaded innocent to the torture and murder of a bisexual Salinas, Calif., man, and a defense attorney said the trial should be moved from Monterey County. Dominique England and Daymon Schrock pleaded innocent Friday to the December torture and murder of Robert Maricle, who was last seen entering the apartment of a third suspect, Jeanne Soja. Soja pleaded innocent earlier.

Bud Landreth, England's defense attorney, said the case should be moved. "There have been a lot of public statements made," Landreth said. "I wouldn't be too hasty to believe what you are hearing or reading. The case has to be proven in court."

Police have said they believe Maricle was killed because he was bisexual, but the three defendants have not been charged with a hate crime.

Soja's lawyer said Soja was present during the assault but did not participate. "There is no confession, period," said Tom Worthington, Soja's lawyer.

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