Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Rio Rancho Murder Trial Set for January.

Byline: Jeremy Pawloski Journal Staff Writer

A Sandoval County judge has set a Jan. 18 trial date for Jeffrey Taylor, 25, accused of first-degree murder in the 1998 shooting death of Rio Rancho resident Nancy Noren.

Taylor's trial will be held in Grants in Cibola County, instead of in Sandoval County, because 13th District Judge Louis P. McDonald earlier granted a change of venue request from Taylor's original attorney, Gail Evans.

Evans had argued that extensive media coverage of the case had biased potential jurors in Sandoval County.

Taylor's trial originally was scheduled for July but was delayed in June after McDonald granted Taylor's request for a new attorney during an emergency hearing. …

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