Alleged Jones County child killer requests change of venue

JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A Jones County man charged with capital murder in the August 2010 killing of his girlfriend's daughter is seeking a change of venue.

"It's been a constant fight on behalf of the state of Mississippi to try and resolve this," said J Ronald Parrish. "I'm going to see it through, as I've said before, to the bitter end."

Justin Blakeney, who allegedly murdered two-year-old Victoria Viner by pounding a telephone book to her head, will appear before a new jury as soon as the region of selection is determined. Blakeney's lawyer said Tuesday before Judge Billy Joe Landrum that the influence of WDAM's coverage will require the jury selection to take place outside of the station's eight-county viewing area.

"Wehn I walk in my office every day, on the back wall, the first thing I see is a picture of this little girl," said Parrish. "I want justice in this case for her and for Mr. Blakeney."

Prosecuting lawyer and assistant district attorney J. Ronald Parrish said he is ready to move forward with the case immediately.

"I've been ready to go with this from day one, but there's other people involved. I have to contended with that, and it's been an ongoing nightmarish battle to deal with," said Parrish. "But I'm going to deal with it, and it's going to get over with hopefully soon."

Judge Landrum said the trial will continue as early as May 19, 2014.

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