DUBUQUE — A man charged in connection to the shooting death of a Key West, Iowa, man will have his trial moved to Black Hawk County, a judge ruled this week.
Iowa District Court Judge Thomas Bitter approved a defense motion for change of venue for Eric D. Campbell Jr., 31. The motion was not contested by prosecutors.
Campbell pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and first-degree robbery in the April 2, 2016, shooting death of Collin A. Brown, 21, at Table Mound Trailer Park. Authorities allege Campbell was one of three people who broke into Brown’s trailer and attempted to rob him. Brown was shot trying to flee.
Because of extensive media coverage of the case, Campbell’s attorneys and prosecutors agree Black Hawk County is the appropriate venue for trial, according to the motion.
Seven other people have been charged in connection to the incident.
Imere D. Hall, 19, was sentenced to life in prison without parole after a jury convicted him of first-degree murder and first-degree robbery.
Tacari T. Minifee, 20, and Taylor C. Shaw, 22, pleaded not guilty to the same charges. Minifee’s trial was moved to Scott County due to extensive media coverage.
Adrianna M. Chica, 19, Savanna R. Stotlar, 30, and Corby L. Yager, 20, pleaded not guilty to second-degree robbery charges. Jeremy S. Dukes, 22, pleaded not guilty to a charge of conspiracy to commit a forcible felony.