Trial date set for Auburn mass shooting suspect Desmonte Leonard - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

Trial pushed back for Auburn mass shooting suspect

Desmonte Leonard enters the courtroom Friday. Desmonte Leonard enters the courtroom Friday.
Desmonte Leonard Desmonte Leonard
OPELIKA, AL (WSFA) -

The alleged triggerman in a 2012 Auburn mass shooting that left three people dead and three others injured returned to a Lee County courtroom Friday for what was scheduled to be the final hearing before his April trial date.

Desmonte Leonard and the family of the victims will now have to wait a few more months for the trial, which was pushed back to June 9. That's just 10 days shy of the second anniversary of the mass shooting he's being tried for.

Prosecutors said they needed more time than the April trial date allowed for the death penalty case.

The defense maintains its desire to change the venue. It was decided Friday that the jury pool will get the generic juror questionaire. This will help determine if at least 12 people could be fair and impartial and set the stage for a possible venue change.

The prosecution says it will likely take three weeks to try Leonard. There are more than 100 witnesses listed in the case.

To date, the prosecution hasn't extended a plea deal to Leonard. The defense says Leonard has no desire to plead.

The judge set two more pretrial hearing dates in May.

Copyright 2014 WSFA 12 News.  All rights reserved.

  • NewsMore>>

  • Teen suspect in Maryland officer's slaying held without bail

    Teen suspect in Maryland officer's slaying held without bail

    Monday, May 21 2018 11:43 PM EDT2018-05-22 03:43:29 GMT
    Tuesday, May 22 2018 9:36 PM EDT2018-05-23 01:36:34 GMT
    A 16-year-old boy has been charged with first-degree murder in the slaying of a Baltimore County, Maryland, police officer. (Source: Baltimore County Police/CNN)A 16-year-old boy has been charged with first-degree murder in the slaying of a Baltimore County, Maryland, police officer. (Source: Baltimore County Police/CNN)

    The officer, who wasn't immediately identified, was run over by a Jeep and fatally injured, authorities say.

    More >>

    The officer, who wasn't immediately identified, was run over by a Jeep and fatally injured, authorities say.

    More >>
  • Gay Kentucky man loses bid to challenge GOP clerk Kim Davis

    Gay Kentucky man loses bid to challenge GOP clerk Kim Davis

    Tuesday, May 22 2018 8:07 PM EDT2018-05-23 00:07:36 GMT
    Tuesday, May 22 2018 9:36 PM EDT2018-05-23 01:36:08 GMT
    (AP Photo/Adam Beam, File). FILE - In this Dec. 6, 2017, file photo, David Ermold, right, files to run for Rowan County Clerk in Kentucky as Clerk Kim Davis look on in Morehead, Ky. Ermold, a gay man in Kentucky, wants to run against the county clerk w...(AP Photo/Adam Beam, File). FILE - In this Dec. 6, 2017, file photo, David Ermold, right, files to run for Rowan County Clerk in Kentucky as Clerk Kim Davis look on in Morehead, Ky. Ermold, a gay man in Kentucky, wants to run against the county clerk w...

    A gay Kentucky man has lost his bid to challenge GOP clerk Kim Davis, who went to jail three years ago for denying him and others marriage licenses despite a historic U.S. Supreme Court decision.

    More >>

    A gay Kentucky man has lost his bid to challenge GOP clerk Kim Davis, who went to jail three years ago for denying him and others marriage licenses despite a historic U.S. Supreme Court decision.

    More >>
  • The princes, the president and the fortune seekers

    The princes, the president and the fortune seekers

    Tuesday, May 22 2018 12:13 AM EDT2018-05-22 04:13:57 GMT
    Tuesday, May 22 2018 9:34 PM EDT2018-05-23 01:34:01 GMT
    (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File). FILE - In this May 20, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump shakes hands with Saudi Deputy Crown Prince and Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman in Riyadh. In emails obtained by The Associated Press, George Nader claims...(AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File). FILE - In this May 20, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump shakes hands with Saudi Deputy Crown Prince and Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman in Riyadh. In emails obtained by The Associated Press, George Nader claims...

    A top Trump fundraiser and a senior adviser to a UAE crown prince ran a secretive campaign, trading lobbying against Qatar for defense contracts from Gulf countries.

    More >>

    A top Trump fundraiser and a senior adviser to a UAE crown prince ran a secretive campaign, trading lobbying against Qatar for defense contracts from Gulf countries.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly