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: US Supreme Court To Consider Controversial Texas Abortion Law
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: Texas Mother And Son Arrested In Wyoming For Murder In Oklahoma
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: Southlake Ranks 20th 'Best Small City In America'; Keller & Flower Mound Most Affordable
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