Judge denies out-of-county jury for toddler murder trial
A judge has denied a request from a man charged with killing a toddler to have his case heard by jurors from outside Allen County.
Mitchell Vanryn, 28, is charged with murder, aggravated battery and domestic battery in the death of 2-year-old Malakai Garrett in 2017. Lawyers for Vanryn argued pretrial publicity in the case would bias potential local jurors.
Allen Superior Court Judge Fran Gull rejected the claim in a one-paragraph order.
″(Vanryn) has not shown the community prejudice exists which could prevent his obtaining a fair trial in Allen County,” she wrote.
Amber Garrett, 27, is charged with felony neglect in the boy’s death, and Gull granted her request for out-of-county jurors after The Journal Gazette and WANE-TV published information from state reports detailing the alleged abuse of Malakai.