JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4)– The new trial for Michael Blagg, the man originally convicted in the murder of his wife, Jennifer Blagg, will take place in Jefferson County.

The defense had requested a change in venue and on Tuesday, the Mesa County judge ruled the trial should move from Mesa County to Jefferson County.

This will be the second murder trial for Blagg who was convicted in 2004 of killing his wife Jennifer Blagg in 2001 while she slept.

His conviction was thrown out in 2014 after the judge determined a juror lied when she said she had never experienced domestic violence in a pre-trial juror questionnaire.

The juror, Marilyn Charlesworth, appeared last April before the Grand Junction City Council testifying on behalf of domestic violence victims; making evident her history of domestic violence. This led to the request for a new trial.

This change of venue ruling was issued in advance of a hearing scheduled for Wednesday in Mesa County where the prosecution is seeking to add new evidence to the case. Trial dates are also expected to be discussed.


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