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Yavapai County Superior Court Judge Celé Hancock denied without prejudice on Friday a motion to move the trial out of Yavapai County for men affiliated with the Hells Angels in connection with a shootout between the Hells Angels and Vagos motorcycle gangs in an unincorporated area northwest of Chino Valley on Aug. 21, 2010.
Richard Gaxiola, attorney for Michael Trevor Koepke, who filed the change of venue motion, said it would be more "appropriate to discuss during jury selection."
"I agree," said Hancock about her decision to deny the motion at this time.
On Nov. 5, Gaxiola filed a motion with the court to move the trial out of Yavapai County because of local pretrial publicity, citing stories in The Daily Courier, The New Times of Phoenix, and KPHO and, in particular, comments made by readers that were added to the stories online.
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