KENAI (AP) -- The trial of a man charged with killing two people in 1994 is being moved to Anchorage.
A new trial was set to begin for Billy Smith in Kenai this week after a mistrial was declared Friday because a witness mentioned having taken a lie-detector test.
Superior Court Judge Jonathan Link ordered the move to Anchorage after 30 of 42 jury candidates said they were biased by news accounts of the case.
The defense objected to nine of the remaining 12 prospective jurors because those people said they had heard of the case, although they had not formed opinions about it.
Jury selection in the new trial was set to begin Thursday (Oct.3) morning in Anchorage Superior Court. Judge Link will preside over the trial.
Smith is accused of killing Harold Enzler, 36, of Nikiski and Nancy Bellamy, 42, of Homer. Their bodies were never found.
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