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Person of interest in Wetterling case wants change of venue

MINNEAPOLIS -- The man named as a person of interest in the disappearance of Jacob Wetterling has asked a federal judge to move from Minneapolis any trial he might face on charges of receiving and possessing child pornography.Attorneys representi...

MINNEAPOLIS - The man named as a person of interest in the disappearance of Jacob Wetterling has asked a federal judge to move from Minneapolis any trial he might face on charges of receiving and possessing child pornography.
Attorneys representing Danny Heinrich filed several motions this week, including asking that evidence gathered during a search of his Annandale home be suppressed along with anything he told investigators in four interviews last year.
Heinrich remains in custody after being indicted on 25 federal charges accusing him of possessing and receiving child pornography. He has pleaded not guilty. He hasn’t been charged with any crimes related to the 1989 abduction of Wetterling, who was 11 at the time.
Heinrich, 53, is scheduled to stand trial on the federal charges July 11 in Minneapolis. The court filing asking for a change of venue doesn’t give specific reasons why he wants the trial moved. Attorneys are scheduled to argue Heinrich’s motions at a hearing April 27.
A search warrant unsealed when Heinrich was arrested in late October shows that investigators were at his Annandale residence last summer looking for evidence related to Wetterling’s disappearance.
What investigators found were dozens of images of suspected child pornography, according to court records.
Court records filed at the time of his arrest provided details about several attacks on boys in the mid-to-late 1980s in the Paynesville area and the belief by the city’s police chief in 1990 that Heinrich should be considered a suspect in those attacks.
Court records also show that DNA links Heinrich to the abduction and sexual assault of a Cold Spring boy months before Wetterling was abducted. The statute of limitations has passed in the Cold Spring case, so Heinrich can’t be charged in connection with that crime.

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