Defense Wants Jackson Trial Moved

A suspect in the murder of an elderly Dothan man wants his trial moved elsewhere.

Twenty-three-year-old Michael Ray Jackson was charged with capital murder in April of 2004 in connection with the beating and strangulation death of 64-year-old Dewey Walker.

The victim's body was found in his home on shields court. He had been dead nearly a week.

Police say Jackson and three other co-defendants allegedly wanted to steal Walker's van and the expensive sound system inside it.

Investigators testified at another hearing in the case, that the group apparently ransacked Walker's home for several nights while the man lay dead on the floor until they found keys to the van.

Defense attorneys claim there's been too much publicity about the case and they want to move the trial away from Dothan.

Circuit Judge Larry Anderson will rule on the motion at a late date.