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Judge moves trial to new courtroom

By Kenneth Fine
Published in News on April 26, 2012 1:46 PM

First it was a climate control issue -- a courtroom that was "either way too hot or way too cold."

Then, it was the acoustics.

"You'll really have to speak up," Special Superior Court Judge Jack Jenkins said to one of the witnesses. "I'm right next to you, and I can't even hear you."

But by the time the audio system inside Courtroom No. 1 started making a constant cracking sound, Jenkins had reached his limit.

"This is a serious problem, so I'm going to defer to the people in charge of this, whether it's the county commissioners or whoever," he said. "But this is not good."

The first-degree murder trial that will determine whether Joshua Earl Devon Davis, Quentin Lamont Kenon and Rashard Vondarius Oliver spend the rest of their lives in prison for their alleged involvement in the 2008 shooting that left Ribhi Mohammed Kandeel dead changed venues today.

Proceedings were expected to be conducted inside Courtroom No. 4 for the duration of the trial, which is expected to run into next week.