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Murphy Seeks Venue Change

THU APR 9 1970 

A Circuit Court decision is expected in the near future on whether or not to grant James P. Murphy a change of venue for his trial on a slaying charge. 

Judge William F. Ager Jr. said yesterday he would issue an opinion on the matter in answer to a motion from Murphy’s attorney, Wayne Miller of Saginaw. At the same time, Ager denied Miller’s motion to reduce the charge from first-degree murder to either second degree murder or manslaughter.

Another motion, to allow Miller to see the evidence against Murphy, was agreed to by Assistant Prosecutor Richard Pierce.