The Utah Supreme Court has refused to consider a petition that asked for a change of venue in the trial for a man charged with killing a pregnant West Valley woman in April.
Attorneys for Charles Kenneth McCovey asked the high court last month to move the trial to another county because of "erroneous" and "pervasive" news reports in Salt Lake County.But the court on Monday refused to hear the petition, which also asked that the first-degree murder charge be reduced to second-degree murder because McCovey, his attorneys say, did not intend to kill anyone.
Both of those motions had earlier been denied by 3rd District Judge Raymond S. Uno.
McCovey, 44, also known as Charles Kenneth Hodges, is accused of killing Anna Holmes, 31, who was gunned down April 22 during a robbery of Video Voyager, 5448 S. 4220 West. Uno has scheduled a trial for Jan. 17.