No change of venue for Cody Booth
There apparently will be no change of venue for Cody Booth, accused of murdering his mother Faith Craig and grandfather Walter Bryant, Jr. in their Aurora home in Jan. 17.
Dearborn Circuit Court Judge James D. Humphrey denied the request Friday, Feb. 22.
Booth, 29, and his girlfriend, Margie Thompson, 48, killed his relatives during a robbery to get cash for a drug purchase.
Humphrey granted the defense’s motion for a separation of witnesses, preventing communications by witnesses inside and outside the courtroom.
Thompson pleaded guilty in February to two counts of murder in exchange for 95 presumptive years in prison, equivalent to 71 actual years, or a life sentence. Formal sentencing is scheduled Tuesday, March 26.
Booth’s trial was set for March 4, in Dearborn Circuit Court, Lawrenceburg, but was continued until Monday, Sept. 30. He faces life in prison without parole. Dearborn County Prosecutor Lynn Deddens said the death penalty was not pursued after speaking with family members.