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Attorney says client will not get a fair trial in beating case

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One of the attorneys for the three officers awaiting trial in the Chad Holley beating case says his client can't get a fair trial in Houston.

"In general, we don't think you can pick a fair jury in Harris County at this point," says Joe Owmby, Rod Hassan's attorney.

Owmby says the "pervasive" publicity before and during the Andrew Blomberg trial, the protests after his acquittal, combined with statements from the district attorney, Mayor Annise Parker and the Houston Police Chief Charles McClelland have completely tainted the jury pool.

Pastor James Nash with Ministers against Crime says don't move it and make sure the jury is multi-ethnic.  He wants Black, White, Asian and Hispanic people on the panel.

"I really believe we can find people who can sit on a jury and be open-minded and really give their thoughts on what they see and be fair and honest," he says.

FOX 26 legal analyst Chris Tritico says the judge should at least entertain the idea.  He says usually when trials get moved, they go to a smaller town with a court system that isn't as busy as Houston's, a benefit for the defense.

"You're probably going to find a pretty conservative community and so you may be leaving here to go to a place that's even more conservative than Harris County," he says.

Hassan is charged with official oppression and violating Chad Holley's civil rights.

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