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Hearing on motion to move Miller’s trial set for December

October 5, 2018

An Allen County judge could decide in December whether to move the trial of the man accused of sexually assaulting and killing 8-year-old April Tinsley in 1988.

John D. Miller, 59, argues in court documents filed in Allen Superior Court by defense attorney Anthony Churchward that local jurors can’t be impartial because of “public hostility against him,” “public outrage” about the alleged crime and “speculative opinions as to his guilt and character.”

A hearing on the request is scheduled for Dec. 7.

Miller, of Grabill, was arrested at his home in July after police used a genealogy database and DNA evidence to tie him to the crime. He was in court Friday for a pretrial conference, where Churchward and Allen County Deputy Prosecutor Tom Chaille each said they were gathering information to be presented at trial.

April’s mother, Janet Tinsley, was in court but did not speak to reporters.

The trial is scheduled to start Feb. 11.

For more on this story, see Saturday’s print edition of The Journal Gazette or visit www.journalgazette.net after 1 a.m. Saturday.

mleblanc@jg.net

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