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Juror Questionnaires Result in Change of Venue

The Lincoln County, Nebraska District Court mailed 127 questionnaires to potential jurors for the Alisha Ochoa murder trial.  Of the 127 mailed, they received 115 responses, the North Platte Bulletin reported the story on February 13, 2008.  The following six statements are claimed to be six actual juror responses to a question about their opinion of the case.

-          "Both of them should be executed.  As a juror Iíll do my best to make sure that happens."


-          "I believe they are both guilty and hope for the death penalty."


-          "It sounded like she was guilty and that it will be a waste of taxpayers' money."


-          "She knew exactly what she was doing at the time and had no remorse about it."


-          "I feel this was a very brutal murder and both parties involved should be found guilty."


District Judge John Murphy granted the defense motion for a change of venue. KHAS TV also reported on this story and a video clip is available.  Ms. Ochoa was 15 years old at the time of the offense and as such was never  eligible for the death penalty.

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