COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMIZ)
Boone County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Knight filed with the Boone County court to dismiss a change of venue motion in the case against Joseph Elledge.
Knight filed the motion to object on Wednesday stating Elledge's attorney waited too long to file the change the venue motion.
Court documents say a motion to change the venue of a trial needs to be submitted within 10 days of arraignment. The objection filed by Knight shows Elledge initially not pleaded guilty to child abuse charges on Nov. 26 and the change of venue was submitted on Jan. 10.
Knight said Mid-Missouri residents won't influence the trial.
"The state denies that the inhabitants of Boone County are prejudiced against the defendant or that state has undue influence over the inhabitants of Boone County," Knight said.
Elledge's attorney cited media coverage as the primary reason to change the venue.
Elledge faces felony charges of child abuse and endangering the welfare of a child.