SANTA FE, Texas (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — A change of venue is being sought for an 18-year-old charged with capital murder in the fatal shooting of 10 people at a Texas high school.
Attorneys for Dimitrios Pagourtzis filed the motion Tuesday in Galveston County District Court. They argue that media coverage of the Santa Fe High School shooting caused prejudice within the community that prevents Pagourtzis from receiving a fair trial.READ MORE: NASCAR To Require Masks In Enclosed Areas Going Forward
Pagourtzis is charged in the May 18 mass shooting that killed eight students and two teachers. The school is about 30 miles southeast of Houston.
Authorities say the teen opened fire with his father’s shotgun and .38-caliber handgun.READ MORE: Centers For Disease Control Issues New Eviction Moratorium
He has been ordered to undergo a mental evaluation.
A hearing on the change of venue motion is scheduled for January 28.
Online jail records show Pagourtzis remains in the Galveston County Jail without bond.MORE NEWS: High Transmission Risk Leads Dallas County To Raise COVID Threat Level To Red
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