The trio charged with murdering gangster Jonathan Bacon in Kelowna want to move their trial elsewhere in B.C.
As expected, Jujhar Khun-Khun, 26, Jason Thomas McBride, 37, and Michael Hunter Jones, 30, have asked to change the city hosting their trial. Their preference is believed to be the Lower Mainland.
The three men appeared by video Tuesday in the Kelowna Law Courts. Their application will be heard there over three days starting April 8.
The men are expected to argue that local media coverage of the Bacon shooting has tainted the community, and people selected for a jury would be biased against them.
Crown counsel will argue the
trial should remain in Kelowna, in part because many of the witnesses are based here.
Most murder trials are held in the courthouse closest to where the crime happened - in this case across the street.
If the accused can prove to a judge that publicity about the shooting makes them appear guilty, the judge can order a venue change.
Bacon was shot dead in an SUV when another SUV pulled up alongside it and opened fire outside the Delta Grand hotel on Aug. 14, 2011. The daylight attack wounded Hells Angel Larry Amero and two women. Independent Soldier James Riach escaped unhurt.
Bacon and his two brothers, Jarrod and Jamie, were alleged to be mired in a gang war that saw near-daily headlines about shootings throughout the Lower Mainland in 2008 and 2009.
One of the injured women is suing the three accused men and the hotel for providing too little security. Leah Hadden-Watts, the niece of a prominent Hells Angel, was paralyzed by a bullet that penetrated her neck.