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Judge: No venue change in Chandler Rapist case

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Posted: Monday, April 14, 2008 2:41 pm | Updated: 9:55 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

The man accused of being the Chandler Rapist will be tried in Maricopa County. A judge recently dismissed defense attorneys' change of venue motion filed on behalf of Santana Batiz-Aceves, who stands accused of attacking half a dozen schoolgirls over a span of 18 months.

In a hearing last month, public defender Kirk Nurmi said court proceedings here could never be truly fair considering the media coverage of the crimes - both in amount and nature -and Batiz-Aceves' arrest in January.

But Judge Teresa A. Sanders ruled on April 9 that publicity over the crimes and arrest never rose to the high levels, as established by Arizona case law, to necessitate moving the trial.

Batiz-Aceves has been indicted on 47 charges, including kidnapping, child molestation and sexual abuse. He would face a possible sentence of at least 250 years in prison if convicted on all counts.

His next scheduled appearance is June 11.

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