Couple Accused Of Murdering Child Denied Change Of Venue For Trial

They said they couldn't get a fair trial in Clark County.

But Thursday, a judge denied a change of venue request from a Winchester couple accused of killing a 10-year-old girl.

Patrick and Joy Watkins both face murder charges.

Police say Patrick's daughter, Michaela, was beaten to death more than a year ago.

But the Watkins' told 27 NEWSFIRST, shortly after Michaela's death, that the girl burned herself in bath water and then had a series of accidents, including falling down the stairs.

The couple argued they couldn't get a fair trial in Clark County because of pre-trial publicity.

But the judge disagreed, saying any potential venue site received the same media coverage as Clark County did.

The Watkins are scheduled to go on trial in Clark County on September 3.


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  • by Bart Location: Harrodsburg on May 17, 2008 at 03:24 PM
    Everyone deserves a fair trial. That is the American way. Innocent until proven guilty. Let's reserve our verdict until all the facts are laid out. WKYT is not the prosecuting attorney!
  • by Wow Location: Richmond on May 16, 2008 at 06:43 PM
    Its impossible to give them a fair trial in this country! How ever they may recieve and impartial one. Fair would be after conviction we set them in boiling water then throw them down flights of concrete stairs. Remember its impartial not fair when justice is served in this country.
  • by Jeb Location: KY on May 16, 2008 at 11:22 AM
    If Michaela was allowed a "change of venue" she would still be alive. Her parents didn't give her the opportunity for anything "fair" in life, so why do they think they deserve anything? It totally disgusts and irritates me when it's obvious to everyone that these people who killed the girl now want fairness. Michaela wasn't offered fairness or the love, admiration or respect that parents are supposed to give to their children. Remember...they didn't ask to be born; you brought them into this world. Scum will always be scum.
  • by mariah Location: somerset on May 16, 2008 at 06:25 AM
    well anyone that kills a child should not get a fair trial they nned to be put in jail ... they do the crime now they need to pay the cost in jail!
  • by enough is enough Location: pikeville on May 15, 2008 at 07:19 PM
    WHy have a trial regardless of it being "fair" or not. THese people have the nerve to ask for a fair trial. I think someone needs to beat them like they did to that child. Did they not realize how far they were going this time? Abusers are out of control.
  • by unknown Location: ky on May 15, 2008 at 06:40 PM
    I don't think they should even get a trial. Just lock them up for the rest of their lives. Thats any person who harms a child. They didn't give that poor child a chance. They need the same treatment that they gave the child.
  • by lindsey on May 15, 2008 at 05:13 PM
    I remember this story last year, a horrible horrible story. These pieces of (edited) should be tried in the same county and NO ONE should put pity upon them.
  • by Kay Location: Somerset,Ky on May 15, 2008 at 12:52 PM
    I think they should be tried in the County that it happend in. Tough luck if they can't get a fair trail. They should'nt have done it in the first place. I think the State is to soft on people who commit crimes.
  • by Melissa Location: Paintsville, Ky on May 15, 2008 at 12:15 PM
    The little girls picture above even looks like her lip is busted! I hope they get what they deserve!
  • by Me Location: South Central KY on May 15, 2008 at 11:13 AM
    Move the trial anywhere in the state. Your peers will still see that you are both locked away for the maximum time allowed by law. We need more resources for children in crisis.....NOT sympathy in our Courts for those that cause harm.
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