INDEPENDENCE, Iowa (KCRG) - Attorneys for an Iowa farmer who appeared on ABC's "The Bachelor" say they are close to reaching a deal with prosecutors that would resolve a criminal charge against him related to a fatal crash.
The judge, prosecutors and attorneys discussed a change of venue request. But Soules' attorneys also mentioned discussions are underway for a possible deal on where it will be held.
Soules' attorney Brandon Brown has asked a judge to move the trial to Davenport or Council Bluffs because of pre-trial publicity. He says Soules' celebrity status in a small town would make it hard for him to have a fair trial in Buchanan County. Prosecutors, Assistant Iowa Attorney General Scott Brown and Buchanan County Attorney Shawn Harden, are fighting that move.
During the conference, Brown and Harden said they are close to a resolution regarding the venue, and may decide on October 22nd where to hold the trial.
If no decision is made, the judge will decide on October 30th whether to grant the change of venue request. If it stays in Buchanan County, the trial is set to begin on November 7th. If it does change, they will have to set another date for the trial.
Soules faces a charge of leaving the scene of a fatal crash. Investigators say he hit a tractor in rural Buchanan County, north of Aurora, in April 2017. While Soules stayed at the scene initially, he left before authorities arrived.
Kenneth Mosher died as a result of the crash.