The Norman Transcript

August 26, 2013

Judge won’t move Okla. trial

Associated Press
The Associated Press

McALESTER — A judge has denied a change of venue request for a former Pittsburg County drug court coordinator facing embezzlement charges.

Attorneys for Angela Marcum had argued pretrial publicity made it difficult for their client to receive a fair trial. At a hearing last week, a judge rejected that motion and refused to move her trial.

Oklahoma’s multicounty grand jury indicted Marcum in 2011 along with former Judge William Layden, who has agreed to a deferred prosecution.

The McAlester News-Capital reports Marcum’s attorneys presented 40 affidavits from residents who said Marcum could not get a fair trial in the county. But in rejecting their request, District Judge Kenneth Adair noted that the affidavits all had identical wording except for the signee’s name and address.

No trial date has been set.