Ector County DA’s Office Reacts to Judge's Decision to Move Court Case

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - The Ector County District Attorney's Office is reacting after a high profile trial's been moved out of town.

Larry Neil White, the man accused in the shooting deaths of three Odessa police officers, will now be tried in Howard County.

A judge granted the change of venue after White's attorney claimed he couldn't get a fair trial in Odessa.

White is charged with capital murder and could face the death penalty if convicted.

Officers Abel Marquez, Arlie Jones and Scott Gardner lost their lives after investigators say white opened fire on them back in September of 2007.

White had barricaded himself in his home after his wife called police for help.

The district attorney tells NewsWest 9, he fought to keep the trial in Odessa.

"We felt it was important to try a case where it happens. This crime happened in Ector County and so we felt it was important to try and keep it here and let the citizens of Ector County make the decision on this case. So we opposed it, but the judge made his ruling and we understand it, accept it, and respect it," Ector County District Attorney, Bobby Bland, said.

Bland also said the venue itself has moved, but all the parties in the trial are still the same.

No date has been set yet for the trial.