- Associated Press - Saturday, July 30, 2016

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - A man accused of killing his first wife in 1962 is scheduled for trial Aug. 8.

KPLC-TV reports (https://bit.ly/2an3GIR ) that Felix Vail’s lawyer will ask for a trial outside of Lake Charles for the Mississippi native.

Andrew Casanave spoke Friday after arguing pretrial motions before Judge Robert Wyatt.

Vail is charged with second-degree murder of Mary Elizabeth Vail. The state Supreme Court has ruled that prosecutors may use evidence about the disappearances of Vail’s girlfriend in 1973 and his second wife in 1984.

Casanave asked the judge, among other things, to keep coroner Tony Welke from testifying because he never filed a final report about his investigation. Wyatt said no report was needed because Welke didn’t perform an autopsy.

The change of venue motion will be argued at trial’s start.


Information from: KPLC-TV, https://kplctv.com

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