Iowan wants 2nd homicide trial moved out of county


September 21st, 2011 by Ric Hanson

BOONE, Iowa (AP) — A woman convicted in the 2007 slaying of her husband wants her second trial moved out of Boone County. In April, the Iowa Court of Appeals overturned the conviction of Jessica Hill because hearsay evidence had been allowed at her trial.  On Monday, Hill’s lawyer argued that publicity would deny Hill a fair trial in Boone County. The judge is expected to issue a ruling soon. The argument about pretrial publicity also marked Hill’s request for a change of venue for her first trial, which was held in Pottawattamie County. Hill’s husband, Shane Hill, who was shot to death on the sheep farm where he worked in Boone County. Two other men, including Jessica Hill’s former boyfriend, also were convicted.