A judge has granted Lukas Evans' request for a change of venue in a second-degree murder case stemming from a fatal February crash.

Evans is also charged with leaving the scene of an accident. He allegedly crashed head-on Feb. 16 with a car driven by 37-year-old Jordan Hoyt on West Boulevard. Hoyt died at the hospital later that day.

Police say Evans was fleeing the scene of a previous crash on Stadium Boulevard.

Evans' attorney, public defender Aerial Irby, asked for the change of venue, which Circuit Judge Brouck Jacobs granted. Irby and assistant prosecutor Jennifer Rodewald agreed a jury could be selected from Buchanan, Platte, Clay or Pettis counties, according to court records.

  • I've been a reporter and editor at Missouri community newspapers for 30 years. I joined the Columbia Missourian and the Missouri School of Journalism in 2003. My emphasis at the Missourian is on local government and elections reporting.

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