Amanda Carmack In Court Today, Arguing for Change of Venue

Amanda Carmack, accused of killing her step-daughter, Skylea Carmack, in 2019, will be in court today to make her case for a change of venue.

In the summer of 2019, Skylea supposedly went missing from her Gas City home, and it was her step-mother, Amanda Carmack, who reported her disappearance to police. Following a days-long search for the ten-year-old girl, it was discovered that Amanda Carmack herself had killed the child and had hidden her body in the family’s backyard shed.

Amanda Carmack eventually confessed to the killing of Skylea and was arrested on the following charges:

  • Murder
  • Strangulation
  • Neglect of A Dependent Resulting in Death
  • Battery Resulting in Death of a Person Less than 14

Carmack originally said she would represent herself in court, but she is now being represented instead by David Payne.

Carmack and her lawyer are now saying her case should receive a change in venue, because it has been in the public spotlight from the very beginning and all of Grant County is aware of this case and its details.

Our own Richarh Tyson will be in the courtroom today as Carmack makes her argument for a change of venue. This article will be updated throughout the day, as today’s hearing gets underway.


Update 5/13/2020 at 10:45AM

The hearing did not start on time, because there were other defendants still in the courtroom. However, during that time, the defense, prosecution, and judge all met in the Judge’s chambers to discuss the case and this particular hearing.

David Payne was present as Carmack’s defense lawyer.

Evan Hammond was present to represent the state.

Judge Spitzer served as the residing judge.

While in chambers, the three of them discussed the logistics of jury selection for the trial, which will take place on August 10th. It was mentioned that the COVID-19 pandemic may affect the ability to hold the trial in August.

It was announced that on June 16th they will modify jury selection by asking potential jurors about their media exposure to the case.

Carmack’s lawyer also used today’s hearing to withdraw her insanity defense.

The court dates that have been set for both June 16th and August 10th are scheduled to take place in Grant County, so it seems Carmack’s request for a change of venue was denied, although it was not said explicitly in the courtroom.

Our reporter, Ashley Lopez, managed to get video of Amanda Carmack as she was leaving the courthouse.

We will continue to follow and cover this story as the trial moves forward.

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