Shipp's attorneys survey potential jury for change of venue request

By Elizabeth Gentle – bio | email
Posted by Dana Franks - email

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Attorneys for the man accused of shooting and killing a Huntsville police officer want his trial moved because they don't believe Kenneth Shipp can get a fair shake in Madison County.

Survey results were discussed in open court. They were prepared by a local political consulting firm that polled 300 Madison County residents, asking if they are familiar with the case and if they had already formed an opinion of innocence or guilt.

Shipp is accused of fatally shooting Huntsville Police Officer Eric Freeman on Dec. 14, 2007 after a traffic accident in south Huntsville.

Prosecutors, however, argue other high profile cases have been tried in Madison County and they believe Shipp can receive a fair and impartial trial.

The state is seeking the death penalty in this case. His case is set to go to trial in late January.

The judge has put a gag order on attorneys until a decision on the change of venue has been reached.

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