Judge refuses change of venue for man charged with killing mother

Published: Tuesday, January 20, 2009 at 7:32 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 20, 2009 at 7:32 a.m.

A judge has refused a change of venue request for the Suwannee County man accused of murdering his mother, burning her in a 55-gallon drum, then disposing of her charred bones in a plowed field on the farm where they both lived.

William Robert Elliott, 54, was arrested in November 2007 for the murder of his, Martha Elizabeth Elliott. A grand jury indicted him on charges of first-degree murder and destruction of the dead body of a human. His trial is scheduled for five days in April at the courthouse in Live Oak.

Circuit Court Judge David Fina denied a request to move the trial. Elliott's attorney made the request based on pretrial publicity about the case and concerns that Elliott would not be able to get an impartial jury in the rural county.

According to court records, Fina turned down the request, but agreed to allow individual questioning of potential jurors if they indicate they know something about the case.

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