Judge Sets Hearing Date for Desmonte Leonard

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OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) -- A Lee County judge has scheduled a hearing for a man accused of killing three people at an Auburn apartment complex last year.

Circuit Judge Jacob A. Walker set the date for the hearing for 23-year-old Desmonte Leonard for 2 p.m. on Oct. 15 in Lee County Court.

The Opelika-Auburn News reported that one aspect of the hearing would be Walker saying that both sides have indicated that the case is not yet ready for trial. The full article can be seen here; http://bit.ly/119hRkJ.

Leonard's defense attorneys have asked that he be allowed to visit the scene of the June 9, 2012 shootings at the University Heights Apartments in Auburn.

District Attorney Robbie Treese has opposed the motion. He said the visit would cause unwanted publicity that could be used by defense attorneys to move the site of the trial.

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