Change of Venue Requested in New Mexico Child Molestation Case

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

CLOVIS, NEW MEXICO - Prosecutors want to move the trial of a Clovis man charged with 116 counts of child molestation to Portales because of publicity.

They don't believe that 48-year-old Larry Hatcher can get a fair trial if it's held in Clovis because of news coverage.

Hatcher is accused of forcing a now teenage girl to have sex with him over a seven year period.

Hatcher's brother, who is a police Chief, and a former Curry County Sheriff has also argued Hatcher won't get a fair trial.

Back in October, a jury couldn't reach a verdict in the case and a mistrial was declared.

Hatcher's retrial is scheduled for March.