By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
William Riley Gaul, the alleged suspect in the shooting death of former Central High School cheerleader Emma Jane Walker, wants his trial moved, according to 10News. He allegedly believes that he cannot get a fair trial in Knox County.
The former Maryville College wide receiver is accused of killing Walker, his ex-girlfriend, in Nov. 2016. They previously dated, before she broke off the relationship two weeks before her death.
Law Enforcement authorities allege that on Nov. 21, Gaul stood in the backyard of Walker’s house and shot into her bedroom. She was killed while she was sleeping as she laid on her bed.
Law enforcement authorities found the gun allegedly used in the crime when they pulled over Gaul during a traffic stop. He was attempting to dispose of the gun prior to the traffic stop, according to police.
Gaul is facing a seven-count indictment, including first-degree murder, aggravated stalking, theft, tampering with evidence, reckless endangerment, employing a firearm during a dangerous felony and felony murder. He had a motions briefing on Friday — and Walker’s family, including her mother, was in the courtroom.
Gaul’s attorney made the motion on July 7th to move the trial outside of Knox County, citing ‘undue excitement’ against his client. The attorney quoted Judge Bob McGee, who claimed, “The community tensions are running feverishly high. This is quite a hot case.”
The District Attorney reported with, “A change of venue would only be appropriate after an attempt has been made to seat a jury in Knox County.”
He is due back in court on Oct. 13. He was released on $1 million bond and on GPS monitoring.
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