Mehserle Trial Headed to Los Angeles County

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In a ruling Thursday afternoon, Alameda County Superior Court Judge Morris Jacobson decided to move the trial of Johannes Mehserle to Los Angeles County.

Mehserle is accused of killing Oscar Grant III, whom he shot at the Fruitvale BART Station on New Year's Day. Mehserle's attorney, Michael Rains, maintained that Mehserle meant to use his Taser, not his gun.

Rains argued for a change of venue, claiming that widespread media coverage and community protests may have impacted Mehserle's ability to receive a fair trial in Alameda County.

It was speculated that the trial would be moved to either Los Angeles or San Diego Counties, but John Burris, the Grant family's lawyer, said Los Angeles would be a better fit because it has a closer racial make-up to Alameda County than San Diego County.


Keena Batti covers the courts. Contact her at [email protected]

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