Murder Trial of Osage Teen Moved to Nearby County

OSAGE, Iowa (AP) — The trial of a 14-year-old Osage boy accused of fatally shooting his mother has been moved to a neighboring county.

The trial will move from Mitchell County Courthouse in Osage to Wright County District Court in Clarion. It is scheduled to begin April 30.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports a judge granted a change of venue request late last year after the boy's attorneys cited negative pretrial publicity.

Authorities say the boy was 13 when he shot his mother with a rifle in March 2012 at the family's rural home. He has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and first-degree assault with the intent to commit sexual abuse.

The Associated Press generally doesn't name juveniles accused of crimes or their families.
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