***Update***The man accused of killing his girlfriend's four-year-old son will face trial in Bay City.
Federal court documents show a judge denied a request to move Anthony Bennett's trial. Bennett's lawyer made the request in July, saying heavy media coverage could prevent Bennett from getting a fair trial.
Bennett faces federal murder charges after prosecutors say he killed Carnel Chamberlain on the Saginaw Chippewa Indian reservation last June.***End update***______________________________________________________________________________________
BAY CITY (AP) -- A man charged with killing a 4-year-old boy on an Indian reservation in central Michigan wants to move his trial to federal court in Detroit.
An attorney for Anthony Bennett says there's been too much negative publicity about the case. John Shea says Bennett is unlikely to get a fair jury in Bay City federal court because the public could be "poisoned" against him.
Bennett is charged with the death of Carnel Chamberlain, whose burned remains were found buried last summer outside the boy's home on the Saginaw Chippewa Indian reservation, about 70 miles north of Lansing. Bennett was living with Carnel and the boy's mother.
Bennett's trial is scheduled for January. It's not known when Judge Thomas Ludington will rule on the request to move it.