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Jan 25, 2013 8:18 AM by AP

Judge denies change of venue for pastor's trial

ST. FRANCISVILLE, La. (AP) - A state district judge has denied a motion to move the theft and conspiracy trial of an Ethel minister out of West Feliciana Parish.

Clay Calhoun, attorney for the Rev. George Veal argued Thursday before District Judge William G. Carmichael that Veal cannot get a fair trial in West Feliciana Parish because of news articles about the case and the October trial of co-defendant John Cobb.

Cobb, a former West Feliciana Parish police juror, Veal and five other people were arrested in 2010 after a state police investigation into the transfer of insurance money from a defunct Clinton nonprofit organization to Cobb's church in Weyanoke.

State police accused the seven of diverting the bulk of the money to private hands, instead of the church.

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Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com

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