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PHILLIP WALTERS

A request to have the venue changed from Wyoming County for a jury trial in the homicide of Haley Lorenzen was denied by President Judge Russell Shurtleff.

Defense attorney Tim Michaels said “We’re disappointed in his decision,” about not moving the trial against his client, Phillip Donald Walters, 32, of Mill City, following pre-trial motions last Tuesday.

On Friday afternoon, however, Michaels said he was filing a motion for reconsideration based on information he did not know about Tuesday.

Michaels said he was made aware of “a direct and specific threat to the defendant’s life made anonymously in a public location in September 2019.”

He noted that because he was not notified of the threat, he could not add it to his argument Tuesday in favor of a change of venue.

Judge Shurtleff also denied that motion to reconsider.

A jury trial remains on the court calendar for the week of Nov. 18.

Police say Walters killed Lorenzen and dumped her body into the Susquehanna River from a bridge in Falls Twp. in December. The body was recovered July 20, some 22 miles downstream.

Walters was arrested Jan. 9 and charged with criminal homicide. He remains jailed at the Wyoming County Correctional Facility.