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Change Of Venue Approved For Trial

The trial of the man accused of kidnapping 12-year-old Polly Klaas from her bedroom and killing her will be moved 100 miles away because of publicity, a judge ruled Monday.

Information about the case and defendant Richard Allen Davis “has permeated every nook and every cranny” of Sonoma County, Superior Court Judge Lawrence Antolini said.

The decision pleased Polly’s family, who didn’t want to have to travel to the other end of the state to watch the trial. The defense had wanted the trial moved 400 miles into Southern California.

The decision to move the trial from Sonoma County, northwest of the San Francisco Bay Area, to Santa Clara County, southeast of the bay, came after a seven-day hearing that followed two months of jury selection efforts that failed to seat a jury.

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