- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 21, 2015

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - The retrial of a Lawrence man convicted of killing his wife will remain in Douglas County.

Attorneys for Martin Miller sought to move his trial out of the county, citing pretrial publicity in the case.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports (https://bit.ly/1woDCx1 ) District Judge Paula Martin rejected the request, saying community prejudice against Martin was only speculation.

Miller was convicted in 2005 of first-degree murder in the July 2004 death of his wife, 46-year-old Mary Miller, at the couple’s home in Lawrence. Prosecutors say Miller strangled his wife in her sleep because he was having an affair and wanted to collect $300,000 in life insurance.

The Kansas Supreme Court overturned the conviction in February, citing errors in jury instructions in the first trial.

The retrial is scheduled to begin March 20.

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Information from: Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World, https://www.ljworld.com

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