A man convicted of killing a Monongalia County sheriff's deputy, Sgt. Todd May, in Pennsylvania has requested to have his West Virginia charges tried somewhere other than Monongalia County.
Jerod Green's attorney filed motions to change the venue and asked the court to rescues itself from the case, citing a belief that the sheriff's department and court system in the county have a very close relationship.
The motion also states members of the court were in attendance at May's funeral. This creates the appearance of impropriety.
Judge Russell Clawges will hear the motions on Monday, April 7.
The West Virginia trial of a man convicted of killing a law enforcement officer during a high-speed chase has been pushed back to April.
Jerod Green was convicted of killing Monongalia County Sheriff's Deputy Sgt. Todd May in Greene County, Pa. when his truck crashed into May's cruiser during a high-speed chase that began in West Virginia in February 2012. A Pennsylvania judge sentenced Green to spend 25 to 50 years in prison for the third degree murder conviction.
Green faces several charges stemming from that chase, including fleeing while DUI and injuring an officer.
Deputies stopped Green because his truck matched the description of a vehicle wanted for a hit and run earlier in the evening. Deputies suspected Green was intoxicated and asked him to step out of the vehicle, but instead Green sped off, dragging a deputy for a short distance.
Monongalia County Circuit Judge Russell Clawges granted Green an extension on Friday because new counsel was recently retained to defend him.
His trial is now scheduled to begin April 15, with another pre-trial hearing scheduled for April 7.