Judge wants Cooper trial date set for June or August

Jimmy Dale Cooper (foreground) is escorted through the front doors of the Marion County Courthouse in Hamilton on Wednesday, Feb. 19, by Marion County Sheriff’s Department officials.

Hamilton - Twenty-fifth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Lee Carter is asking prosecutors and defense attorneys to be ready for Jimmy Cooper, 61, Hamilton, to be tried this summer.
The 25th Judicial Circuit Court held a trial status conference for Cooper on Wednesday morning, Feb. 19, to hear motions by defense attorneys Brian White of Decatur and Jack Stanton Glasscox of Tuscaloosa.
Cooper is accused of shooting and killing Linda Cole at her accounting office, Lawler & Cole, and Donny Miller at Hamilton attorney Scott Hunt’s office on Feb. 10, 2016, in downtown Hamilton. The Marion County District Attorney’s Office plans on seeking the death penalty.
The defense team requested a change of venue on Feb. 5, arguing that with the publicity the case has received, Cooper would not be given a fair trial in the 25th Judicial Circuit Court, which administrates the courts in both Marion and Winston counties.


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