Tony Lewis requests change of venue for Aaron Hobson trial

Tuesday, June 14, 2011 | 4:23 p.m. CDT; updated 12:16 p.m. CDT, Thursday, June 16, 2011

COLUMBIA — One of the men charged in connection with the shooting death of Aaron Hobson has requested that a jury from Lafayette County be selected for his pending trial.

Aaron Hobson was the cousin of MU football cornerback Trey Hobson. Aaron Hobson was shot at the Break Time convenience store at 110 E. Nifong Blvd. last October while visiting Columbia for MU's Homecoming game.

Tony Lewis, 27, was arrested Oct. 23 and charged with second-degree murder and second-degree robbery. Seven others were arrested and charged with the same crimes.

Lewis' attorney, Jennifer Bukowsky, said the amount of media coverage in Boone County could produce a prejudiced jury.

Judge Gary Oxenhandler approved the change of venue request yesterday, but Bukowsky said the Missouri Supreme Court has to officially approve the request before trial.

Bukowsky said it might be several months before her client's trial.

The seven other defendants and their upcoming court dates are:

  • Anthony Carr: hearing set for July 6, trial set for July 14

  • Patrick Marshall: preliminary hearing set for July 8

  • Lee Carter: hearing set for July 18, trial set for Aug. 9
  • Daron Peal: hearing set for July 18, trial set for Aug. 9

  • Deshon Houston: hearing set for July 18
  • Darris Peal: trial set for Sept. 27

  • Leo Roland: a hearing was continued Monday. The next date is yet to be determined. 

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