Change of venue request granted in case of burned baby in Natchitoches

NATCHITOCHES, La. (KALB) - A change of venue request was granted for the Hanna Barker trial in Natchitoches Parish.

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The Natchitoches Parish Journal reports Barker’s counsel believed publicity surrounding the case would make it difficult to find an unbiased jury.

Barker’s charged with first-degree murder for the burning death of her 7-month-old son, Levi Ellerbe.

The alleged murder took place in July 2018.

The trial will still take place in Natchitoches but the jury will come from another parish. A decision hasn’t been made on which parish.

Barker was indicted for first-degree murder, along with her girlfriend, Felicia Smith.

They both pleaded not guilty to the first-degree murder charges.

The remaining motions and research will be presented on Nov. 25.

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