K.U. murder suspects want out of town jury

March 5, 2008 6:21:59 AM PST
Two of the three men charged in the fatal beating of a Kutztown University student are asking for a jury from outside of Berks County.

Attorneys for 23-year-old Timothy Gearhart and 21-year-old Kenneth Kline filed petitions Tuesday. Gearhart's attorney, Public Defender Glenn Welsh, says the case has drawn a barrage of media coverage.

Assistant District Attorney Jonathan Kurland says prosecutors are confident they have enough evidence to proceed. He says he will comment further at an April hearing. Gearhart, Kline and his brother, 22-year-old Terry Kline, are being held without bail on first-degree murder and related charges.

They are accused of beating 19-year-old sophomore Kyle Quinn, of Warminster, about 2 a.m. on Sept. 7 just a few blocks from the KU campus. He died at Lehigh Valley Hospital of head injuries.

Information from: Reading Eagle