Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Change of venue request likely in Reimer case

Defense attorney to allege ?prejudicial pretrial publicity?

Express Staff Writer

Deborah A. Reimer

The defense attorney for attempted murder suspect Deborah A. Reimer announced Tuesday that he intends to file a change-of-venue motion alleging "prejudicial pretrial publicity."

Hailey attorney Keith Roark informed 5th District Court Judge Barry Wood of his intentions at a brief status hearing on the case Tuesday afternoon in Hailey.

Also, trial for Reimer, originally set to begin Jan. 15, 2008, will now be delayed. A new trial date was not selected but it will likely be after March 10. Wood advised Roark and Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Matt Fredback that he will be unavailable for most of next February and early March and advised them to discuss when they will be ready to try the case.

Fredback told the court that the prosecutor's office believes now that the trial will take longer than the five days originally scheduled.

Reimer, a 54-year-old Ketchum area woman, is currently being held in the Gooding County Jail on $1 million bond. Her bail was raised from $50,000 after she disabled and removed an ankle-monitoring bracelet in Twin Falls on Nov. 6. She was located six days later in Pryor, Okla., and was extradited back to Idaho on Nov. 23.

Reimer was charged with second-degree attempted murder after she allegedly fired two shots at former boyfriend Bob Dreyer at his home in south Ketchum on July 18.

Roark told the Idaho Mountain Express after the hearing that he is not aware of any new charges pending against Reimer in the wake of her flight from Idaho last month.

Reimer was not present at Tuesday's hearing. Her next status hearing before the court was scheduled for Jan. 15, 2008.

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