A Franklin County judge says nobody from Franklin County will be on the jury for Michael Devlin’s trial.
The judge agrees with Devlin’s lawyer that he could not get a fair trial from a jury in Franklin County. Devlin is charged with kidnapping Franklin County boy Ben Ownby last January. The boy was found at Devlin’s apartment in Kirkwood four days later.
Devlin faces multiple charges in other counties and at the federal level for the Ownby kidnapping and the Washington County kidnapping of Shawn Hornbeck in 2002.
Devlin’s next court appearance is not until October.