PALMER — The lawyer for a teen accused of David Grunwald’s homicide needs the trial moved out of Mat-Su — although Palmer is his shopper’s hometown.
Erick Almandinger, 17, is considered one of 4 teenagers charged with Grunwald’s homicide, which started with a beating in a camper trailer.
Now Almandinger’s courtroom-appointed lawyer is arguing he will not get a good trial in small-city Palmer given the notoriety of the November 2016 killing and the publicity generated by the dying of a well-liked sixteen-yr-previous with a clear-reduce popularity.
Jon Iannaccone, Almandinger’s courtroom-appointed lawyer, does not imply a greater location.
Grunwald went lacking in mid-November final yr. His torched Ford Bronco was discovered the subsequent day on the base of the Talkeetna Mountains. However regardless of a whole lot of searchers combing the world, his physique wasn’t discovered for 3 weeks and solely after one other teen later charged within the homicide led authorities to it.
Iannaccone, in a change of venue movement filed final month, wrote that the group’s search efforts for Grunwald have been “admirable” and the “outrage and horror” have been comprehensible when his physique was discovered and arrests made.
However, Iannaccone continued, it’s unlikely Almandinger can get a good trial given “the eye this case has gotten and the (intense) anger over it.”
He’s asking Palmer Superior Courtroom Decide Gregory Heath for a direct change of venue.
The prosecutor within the case, Palmer District Lawyer Roman Kalytiak, opposes shifting the trial.
Sure, Palmer is a small city, Kalytiak wrote in his opposition to the change of venue, filed final week. However the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, with greater than one hundred,000 residents, gives a big jury pool from many locations in addition to Palmer, he wrote. Individuals concerned within the Grunwald search can be weeded out throughout jury choice.
Information studies about Grunwald’s demise have been learn by individuals throughout Alaska, Kalytiak wrote.
“Choosing a jury on this case in Anchorage, Fairbanks or Kenai would require the identical quantity of consideration and diligence as choosing a jury in Palmer,” he wrote.
Additionally charged in Grunwald’s homicide are Valley residents…