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Zahra Baker Update: Change of venue sought for stepmom charged with murdering disabled girl

This undated photo released by the Hickory Police Department in Hickory, N.C., shows Elisa Baker, the stepmother of missing 10-year-old Zahra Clare Baker. Hickory police have arrested Elisa Baker on unrelated outstanding charges.
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Zahra Baker Update: Defense lawyer wants venue change in disabled girl's case
Elisa Baker
Hickory Police Department

(CBS/WBTV/AP) NEWTON, N.C. - A defense lawyer for Elisa Baker, who's accused of murdering her 10-year-old stepdaughter, Zahra, says he'll push to move any trial out of Catawba County, N.C. because of all the publicity the case has received.

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Attorney Scott Reilly said Monday he will seek a change of venue for the woman charged with second-degree murder in the death of the 10-year-old disabled girl .

Zahra Baker'ss dismembered remains were found in western North Carolina last year. During a hearing Monday in Newton, Judge Eric Levinson postponed other hearings in the murder and obstruction of justice case until June 27.

According to CBS affiliate WBTV, the judge said he must wait for Elisa Baker's attorney to file the change of venue motion.

Baker has been jailed since the October 2010  weekend that Zahra disappeared.

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