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Judge: Sweetheart Murder Trial Stays in Jefferson Co.

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JEFFERSON COUNTY, Wis. (WTAQ) - A judge says no to moving the trial of a man accused of killing 2 high school sweethearts in Jefferson County 30 years ago. The attorney for Edward Edwards wanted the trial moved out of Jefferson, because of the flurry of publicity after his client confessed last week to killing another young couple in Ohio in 1977.

But Judge William Hue said that’s not enough to move the Jefferson County trial – and he won’t bring in jurors from another county, either. He did agree, though, to sequester the Jefferson County residents who would hear the trial if it takes place. Jury selection is set to begin September 23rd, and opening arguments are set for September 27th.

Also Monday, the judge rejected a defense request to hold 2 separate trials for each murder Edwards is accused of. He’s charged in the 1980 slayings of Tim Hack and Kelly Drew, as they left a wedding reception near Sullivan.

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