HOULTON

— Lawyers for a Maine man charged with killing a 10-year-old boy and two adults in rural eastern Maine have asked for a change of venue for the trial, saying publicity about the case has made it difficult to find an impartial jury.

Assistant Attorney General Bill Stokes told the Bangor Daily News on Wednesday he expects a decision on the request to move the trial of Thayne Ormsby to be made when jury selection begins in Aroostook County Superior Court in Houlton on April 4.

The 21-year-old Ormsby is charged with fatally stabbing 55-year-old Jeffrey Ryan, his son Jesse, and 30-year-old Jason Dehahn at Ryan’s home in the border town of Amity in June 2010.

Ormsby has pleaded not guilty and is being held without bail.

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