By Ted Pennekamp
A motion for a change of venue has been filed in Crawford County Circuit Court for a 49-year-old Hampton, Ga., man charged in the death of a 53-year-old Bridgeport Township woman.
The motion was filed Nov. 28, on behalf of Jimmy McDaniel, who has been charged with first-degree reckless homicide in the death of his girlfriend Linda Kline.
According to the criminal complaint and testimony at a preliminary hearing, McDaniel is accused of strangling Kline with his hands and causing blunt force trauma to her head and then staging her death as a suicide by hanging on Oct. 5, in the backyard of the home she lived in on Velvet Lane in Bridgeport Township.
A hearing on the change of venue motion is scheduled for Dec. 8, at 1:30 p.m. If a change of venue is granted, the case would be tried in another jurisdiction and a jury would be selected from the chosen jurisdiction.