Change of venue denied for man accused of killing Lafayette art teacher

Booking photo shows Darius Javon Printup. (Photo Provided/Tippecanoe County Jail)

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — Tippecanoe County Superior Court II Judge Steve Meyer has denied a change of venue for the man accused of killing a Lafayette art teacher.

Nineteen-year-old Darius Printup is facing charges of murder, pointing a firearm and carrying a handgun without a license after police say he shot and killed Kristi Redmon on her front porch in October 2016.

Printup’s attorney argued the case has received too much media attention to be held in Tippecanoe County so a judge called in 17 jurors to help him decide whether a change of venue is necessary.

Out of the 17 people, 10 said they knew something previously about the case. Some said they heard about it on the news, while others claimed they knew the defendant’s family personally.

After interviewing those 10 people, Judge Meyer decided not to grant a change of venue, saying he “didn’t find any evidence of community bias.”

Meyer also added that the jurors who said they knew something weren’t able to recall details.

Therefore, Meyer believes there can be an impartial jury for Printup in Tippecanoe County and decided not to grant a change of venue.