Judge May Not Relocate Trial in Fatal Dog Attack

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

The judge presiding over a fatal dog mauling that left a woman dead outside her apartment said Monday he may not move the trial to another city regardless of what prosecutors and defense attorneys decide.

Superior Court Judge James Warren will decide whether to grant a change of venue for Marjorie Knoller and Robert Noel on Aug. 24.

Knoller, 45, and Noel, 59, who remain jailed, were indicted in March. Knoller faces second-degree murder charges in the Jan. 26 mauling death of 33-year-old lacrosse coach Diane Whipple because she was in the apartment hallway with the two dogs when they attacked. Both husband and wife face charges of involuntary manslaughter and keeping a mischievous dog that killed a human being.

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