No Venue Change in Federal Court for SD Kidnapping Suspect

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PRESHO, S.D. (AP) – A federal judge is refusing to move the trial of a South Dakota man accused of kidnapping his daughter.
Thirty-six-year-old Clinton Brown, of Presho, is charged in federal court with being a felon and drug user in possession of a firearm. He asked U.S. District Judge Roberto Lange to move his trial from Pierre to Aberdeen because of news coverage of the case in the Pierre area.
The Daily Republic newspaper reports¬†Lange rejected the request, saying news coverage would not hurt Brown’s right to a fair trial.
Brown also faces charges in state court. Authorities allege he was under the influence of drugs when he kidnapped his 10-year-old daughter last August and abused her. He’s also accused of killing her dog in front of her on her birthday.

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