Judge Denies Motion to Move 30-Year-Old Murder Case

Update, May 15, 9 p.m.:

Kerry Max Cook's fight to legally prove his innocence in the 1977 murder of Linda Jo Edwards will stay in Smith County for now, after a judge on Monday denied a second request to move the case out of the jurisdiction where courts have ruled that prosecutors in the case had committed "egregious" misconduct.

Administrative Judge John Ovard signed an order denying Cook's request, a move the former death-row-inmate-turned-author and motivational speaker said could doom his chances for a fair hearing.

"What are they afraid of?" Cook asked. "We are just asking ...

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