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No change of venue for Michael Bowen, the man who ran into crowd at Madison hydro race

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The car rammed through the crowed, injuring several, before plunging into the river The car rammed through the crowed, injuring several, before plunging into the river

He's 18 years old and stands accused of driving his car into the crowds at the Madison Regatta in 2006.  He's charged with being under the influence of marijuana and huffing freon that led to the accident.

Michael Bowen's lawyers had argued in court that pre-trial publicity prevented Bowen from getting a fair trial in his home town.  Now, Jefferson County, Indiana Superior Court Judge Fred Hoying has rejected that claim.  The trial will be held in Jefferson County.

We live in a different media environment now, according to the Judge, and it's not so easy to decide.

"Thirty years ago, I would grant this motion," Hoying told the Madison Courier. "But this isn't 30 years ago."  Hoying says the internet and amount of information available to people anywhere have to be taken into account.

A ruling is expected February 17th as is a ruling on an evidence suppression hearing requested by Bowen's lawyer.  Bowen tested positive for marijuana according to police reports.  Bowen's lawyers say the test were conducted without the permission of their client.

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