KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) - Officials say the trial of a St. Joseph County couple charged inthe death of their 16-year-old daughter will move to KalamazooCounty.
Anthony and Marsha Springer face charges of murder, first-degreechild abuse and torture in the death of their daughter, Calista.Her body was found chained to a bed in an upstairs bedroom in thefamily's burned-out home on Feb. 27, 2008 in Centreville.
Each charge carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison.
The trial will be Jan. 26 in Kalamazoo County Circuit Court. Thesame judge and prosecutors from St. Joseph County will still beinvolved.
They will use the different courtroom and jurors because, afterinterviewing 125 potential jurors in two days, St. Joseph CountyCircuit Judge Paul Stutesman was unable to seat a jury8. Too manywould-be jurors answered that they were aware of the case and theywould be unable to render an unbiased and fair decision, Stutesmansaid. The judge had denied an earlier change-of-venue motion.
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