CHARLOTTE, N.C. The attorney for Elisa Baker today filed a motion asking that Baker's murder trial be moved out of Catawba County.
Baker's attorney, Scott Reilly, said pretrial publicity involving the disappearance and murder of Baker's step-daughter, Zahra Baker, will make it impossible to find an impartial jury.
Zahra Baker's story made national headlines last fall after she vanished from her Hickory home.
Later, parts of her body were found buried or scattered along Hickory area roads.
No offense to the people of Catawba County. It is just the extent of all the pretrial publicity which has been highly prejudicial, said Reilly, outside the Catawba County court where he filed the motion.
Reilly said the coverage locally generated hundreds if not thousands of stories and said a Google search of Elisa Baker's name would result in 9.5 million results.
I don't see that a jury here in Catawba County could set that aside and base their decision on the evidence that will be presented at trial, said Reilly.
When asked if she could be impartial, Catawba County resident Jennifer Walker said, I'd give her a fair chance. I'd listen to her side of the story, but I mean, common sense is what happened.
Another resident, Brittaney James said she had no idea if she could be fair, admitting, I haven't really followed the case.
District Attorney James Gaither said he would not comment until at least Thursday when Elisa Baker is due to make her next appearance in court.