Murder suspect asks for trial to be moved out of Orleans County

The lawyer for the Orleans man charged with murdering his wife in 2018 has asked for his trial to be moved out of Orleans County, according to the Caledonian-Record .

Randall Swartz’s attorney cited pre-trial publicity as the reason for the change of venue motion. Orleans County State’s Attorney Jennifer Barrett opposes the motion, arguing that media coverage isn’t enough of a reason to grant it.

Swartz is charged with first-degree murder in connection with the May 2018 shooting death of his wife, Thea Swartz. He himself suffered a gunshot wound during the incident at their home.

Swartz was also sentenced in 2019 to four years in prison in a separate case after pleading guilty to federal mail fraud. He admitted to ordering equipment for his then-employer, Cabot Creamery, stealing the equipment and selling it to a company he owned.

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