2012-02-16 / Local & State

Outside Jury Slated In Wildlife Officer’s Slaying

GETTYSBURG, Pa. (AP) – A jury from another county will be brought in to hear the death penalty trial of a central Pennsylvania man accused of having gunned down a wildlife conservation officer.

An Adams County judge agreed to a defense request for a jury to be chosen in another county and brought in for the trial of 28-year-old Christopher Johnson of Fairfield.

Johnson is charged in the November 2010 shooting death of wildlife conservation officer David Grove outside Gettysburg.

Officials said Grove was patrolling on his own along a dark stretch of rural road when he confronted a poacher and was shot four times.

Chief Public Defender Kristin Rice argued that pretrial publicity had been “so pervasive and sustained” that her client would have been unable to get a fair trial.

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