Judge Chooses April 8 For Start of Von Bulow Trial in Providence
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ The second attempted murder trial of socialite Claus von Bulow will begin April 8 in Providence County Superior Court, the trial judge decided Thursday.
Judge Corrinne Grande, who was chosen to hear the case after Superior Court Presiding Justice Anthony A. Giannini moved it from Newport to the state capital, met with lawyers for nearly two hours before announcing her decision.
Miss Grande has not decided, however, whether jury selection will be made from a pool of residents in Newport County or Providence County.
Von Bulow’s attorneys have said they will press the judge for a Newport County panel to allow the defendant to be tried by ″his neighbors.″
Von Bulow, 58, is charged with twice trying to kill his wife, Martha ″Sunny″ von Bulow, with insulin injections at their Newport mansion during the 1979 and 1980 Christmas holidays.
Von Bulow, a Danish-born financier, was convicted on the same charges almost three years ago, but the Rhode Island Supreme Court overturned his conviction last spring. He remains free on $10,000 bail.
Giannini announced on Tuesday that the trial will be held in Providence to prevent a backlog of cases in Newport County Superior Court.
Some Newport attorneys have criticized Giannini for that decision, claiming that the move could trigger an erosion of the county system of justice in Rhode Island, under which defendants are tried where the crime allegedly was committed.