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Trial next week will lead to heightened security

Jul 18, 2017

By Brooks Taylor, Mt. Pleasant News
If you were planning a trip to the Henry County Courthouse next week, you may want to re-think those plans.The first-degree murder trial of Jorge Sanders-Galvez, who is accused of murdering Kendarie Johnson of Burlington in March 2016, has been moved from Des Moines County to Henry County on a change of venue.That means more security at the courthouse, beginning Tuesday, July 25, the date in which jury selection for the trial is set to begin.Henry County Auditor Shelly Barber said people entering the courthouse will have to pass through metal detectors at the back door (the front door will not be able to be entered or exited). In addition, all bags and purses will be checked.The added security also means more law enforcement. Barber said there will be two officers at the courtroom, two at the entrance to the courthouse (using the metal detectors) and two other deputies in the courthouse.Jury selection will begin at 8:30 a.m., on July 25, but Barber said security measures likely will be in place when the courthouse opens at 8 a.m. County offices at the courthouse close at 4:30 p.m. daily, but Barber said the trial will not be constrained by the daily closing time of county offices.The trial is expected to last from 10-14 days.Absentee voting has increased at the courthouse since the additional security measures were announced last week. “A lot of people said they were voting before the trial begins,” Barber noted.As of 2:30 p.m. Monday, 394 absentee ballots had been case, 30 of which were put in the ballot box yesterday.

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