Trial of accused Coral Ridge shooter moved

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A videographer for Fox 28 in Cedar Rapids checks his phone for updates on a shooting that took place outside the Coral Ridge Mall Friday, June 12, 2015. The shooting injured one person and the police have the suspect in custody. (The Daily Iowan/Sergio Flores)

The trial of Alexander Kozak, the man accused of slaying 22-year-old Andrea Farrington, has been moved from Johnson County to Story County.

Kozak is accused of shooting Farrington while she worked at the Children’s Museum information booth at the Coral Ridge Mall. Kozak then fled the mall and was apprehended by Iowa state troopers on Interstate 80.

Kozak’s atourney, Peter Persaud, successfully argued that the large amount of media coverage on the mall shooting would make it too difficult to find an impartial jury in eastern Iowa.

Sixth District Judge Christopher Bruns also pushed Kozak’s trial, which was set to begin in October, back to April 12, 2016.

— by Bill Cooney

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