Graeme Zielinski - Express-News
Judge Mary Roman of the 175th District Court made the ruling after his lawyer had argued that the “inflammatory” tone of news coverage here had poisoned the jury pool for Jerry Salazar, though where his trial now will take place remains in question.
In the indictment against him, Salazar was charged with causing their deaths by failing to protect them. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against him.
However, before her trial could start, Lopez, 21, reached a plea deal in July and agreed to testify against Salazar.
Prosecutor David Lunan said Roman's ruling wouldn't be a significant factor in the case against Salazar.
“We just don't have any room,” she said.
In a statement Wednesday, its dean, Larry Sager, said: “The law school has hosted trials in the past with considerable success, and, if asked, would seriously consider the possibility of hosting this one.”
Other options Roman listed included Dallas, Corpus Christi and Houston.