April 10-- The murder trial of two defendants accused of murder in the death of former Montgomery County Sheriff Ladson O'Connor is being moved from Montgomery County to Bleckley County.
Superior Court Judge Sarah Wall granted a change of venue motion filed by attorneys for Jim Lowery and Dixie Best. The two led lawmen on a two-county police chase June 30, 2015 which resulted in a wreck which killed Sheriff O'Connor.
After reviewing surveys which were sent to potential jurors in Montgomery County, Judge Wall ruled that an impartial jury cannot be obtained to try the case in Mount Vernon. She said extensive media coverage and small town talk has led many to opinions regarding the guilt or innocence of Lowery and Best. She also noted Sheriff O'Connor was well-known and that many potential jurors either witnessed his funeral procession or attended the service.
The trial is scheduled to start Monday, May 1 at the Bleckley County courthouse in Cochran.