Trial for Craig man accused of killing wife moved

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Craig, Colo. (AP) - A 72-year-old Craig man accused of killing his wife and burying her in a gold mine will be tried in Moffat County.

District Judge Michael O'Hara on Tuesday approved a request from prosecutors to return the June 15 jury trial of Terry Hankins to district court in Craig.

Hankins is charged with first-degree murder and abuse of a corpse in the June 2007 death of 34-year-old Cynthia Hankins.

Tuesday's ruling reverses a decision O'Hara made last fall to hold Hankins' trial in Routt County. O'Hara said at the time that Hankins couldn't get a fair trial in Craig because of media coverage of confessions Hankins made that were later thrown out.

On Feb. 23, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled the confessions could be used at trial.

O'Hara said this week he “will not conclude that the existence of accurate news coverage ... creates an unfair jury.”
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