MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) – A judge has ruled that the man accused of killing Dennis W. Day, an original member of “The Mickey Mouse Club,” will be tried in Medford.
The Mail Tribune reports 37-year-old Daniel Burda will face trial in Jackson County Circuit Court, according to a court order filed Tuesday.
The judge denied a motion filed by Burda’s lawyers that sought to move the case out of the area for fear that extensive local media coverage threatened Burda’s right to a fair and impartial jury.
Deputy District Attorney Virginia Greer argued that the case garnered widespread media attention.
Police discovered Day’s body in April at his Phoenix, Oregon, home after he had been reported missing months before.
Burda is facing manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, abuse of a corpse and other charges in Day’s death.