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A separate screenshot shows electronic messages exchanged between Delaware defendant Barry Croft and an individual that featured a photo of a highway bridge near Whitmer's vacation home that Croft and others allegedly planned to blow up.

The images and video were released to The Detroit News Wednesday after the newspaper and several other outlets petitioned Western District Magistrate Judge Sally Berens to give the media access to the images, which were used during Croft's Jan. 13 bond hearing.

Croft's attorney had opposed releasing the evidence on the premise that it would taint a jury pool at his October trial. With the trial just months out, there was no compelling reason to release the items prior to trial, Croft's attorney, Joshua Blanchard, told Berens.

"Because of the high-profile nature of the proceeding and significant media attention it has received, releasing the exhibits before their admission at trial poses a risk of tainting the jury pool," Blanchard wrote in opposition to the release.

Andrew Pauwels, representing The News at June hearing on the matter, said the actual audio and video paint a more complete picture of the factors influencing Croft's actions and the court's bond denial.

—The Detroit News

 

Trial for ex-Columbus cop in shooting of Andre Hill unlikely this year

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Defense attorneys for Adam Coy, a former Columbus police officer charged with murder in the December shooting death of Andre Hill, are seeking a change of venue for his trial.

They learned Wednesday that the judge assigned to the case isn't ready to rule on their motion, in which they argue that pretrial publicity will make it "impossible" to seat an impartial jury in Franklin County.

Common Pleas Judge Stephen L. McIntosh said he will review the motion, filed three weeks ago by attorneys Mark Collins and Kaitlyn Stephens, and the response filed last week by Assistant Ohio Attorney General Anthony Pierson, who is prosecuting the case, before issuing a written decision.

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