Change of venue granted after mistrial in Kansas killing

Gavel (KSN News)
Gavel (KSN News)

NORTON, Kan. (AP) – A change of venue was granted in a murder trial in Kansas after a mistrial was declared last week.

The Salina Journal reports the place and date for the next trial of 37-year-old Bobby Tallent hasn’t been scheduled.

Norton County Judge Preston Pratt last week declared a mistrial after a station in Kearney, Nebraska, showed footage of potential jurors waiting to be questioned.

Tallent faces several charges, including first-degree murder, in the death of 47-year-old Joseph Sweet, whose body was found in March 2015 in a park in Norton, Kansas.

Prosecutors allege Tallent shot at law enforcement officers in the park and as they drove near Norton. Tallent also is accused of stealing a vehicle and leading officers on a chase before he was arrested near the Nebraska border.