Corey Dean Collins, who is facing multiple sex crime charges, was recently denied a change of venue for his upcoming trial.
According to court documents, Collins and his attorney, James Schaeffer, submitted the motion for a change of venue due to the media coverage he has received.
“He believes he would be so prejudiced as to not be able to receive a fair and impartial trial in Union County,” according to court documents.
Collins has been making headlines in The Observer since his arrest in November 2017. Now, the charges he’s facing have grown. The recent additions are one count of unlawful possession of a weapon by a prison inmate, tampering with a witness and contempt of court.
Collins is also being held on the following charges: seven counts of first-degree sexual abuse, three counts of second-degree sex abuse, four counts of first-degree rape, one count of third-degree rape, one count of first-degree sodomy, one count of third-degree sodomy, one count of sexual penetration with an object, one count of fourth-degree assault and three counts of contributing to the sexual delinquency of a minor.
Four of the victims were minors at the time of the alleged incidents, according to Union County District Attorney Kelsie McDaniel. The court documents state that at least two are younger than 16 years old, and one is listed as mentally incapacitated.
According to the documents, the publicity that would necessitate a change of venue would consider:
Whether the publicity actually reached the jurors and, if so, how much time has since passed.
Whether the publicity was adverse to the defendant.
Whether the publicity exposed the jurors to information that will not be presented at trial.
Whether the jurors will be able to base their verdict solely on the evidence presented at trial.
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