The hearings will be held before Judge Jon Boling Wood. Floyd County district attorney Leigh Patterson and public defender David Dunn have filed several motions in the case.
One of the motions filed by the defense is a change of venue that was filed in Walker County Superior Court in February 2008. The defense is asking that the case not be tried in Walker County.
The change of venue motion says, These depictions, descriptions and accounts have included significant portions of innuendo and hearsay evidence relative to Mr. Samuel L. Parker and Mrs. Theresa Parker much of it inaccurate that have not been considered in any way by court. This information stands to severely prejudice Mr. Samuel L. Parker as well as the conduct of the trial and related proceedings in this case, and makes it exceedingly unlikely that an impartial, unbiased jury could be selected in this case.
Theresa Parker, a dispatcher with Walker County 911, has been missing since March 21, 2007.
Her husband Sam, a sergeant with the LaFayette Police Department at the time, immediately became a person of interest in his wifes disappearance. In February 2008, Sam Parker was charged with the murder of his wife.
In April 2007, Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit district attorney Herbert Buzz Franklin disqualified his office, which is headquartered in LaFayette, from the case. The case was turned over to the Floyd County district attorneys office in Rome, with Patterson in charge.
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