Third District Judge Molly Huskey denied a motion to move the trial of accused murder Alfredo M. Martinez in a different county.
Prosecutors say Martinez killed his 36-year-old girlfriend, Selena Thomas, on Aug. 15 and then called on three friends to help bury her body in a cornfield south of Melba.
Martinez’s attorney made a motion to have the trial held outside of Canyon and Ada counties due to the anticipated difficulty of seating unbiased juries after all of the media coverage of the case.
Huskey denied the motion without prejudice, which means that the defense may renew the motion at a later date, said Canyon County spokesman Joe Decker.
Martinez has pleaded not guilty to the charge of second-degree murder. He is being held at the Canyon County Jail.
The trial was originally set for February, but it was rescheduled for June.