Change of Venue Sought in Minden Klling

The lawyer for a woman accused of killing her husband in Minden is seeking a change of venue because of pretrial publicity.

Attorney James Wilson argues in court documents that Karen Bodden cannot receive a fair and impartial trial in Douglas County.

District Judge Dave Gamble is scheduled to consider Wilson's motion during a hearing Wednesday. Jury selection in the case is set for Nov. 29.

In his motion, Wilson said more than 50 stories about the case that unfolded in August 2006 have been published in the media, including The Record-Courier, Nevada Appeal and Reno television stations.

"To determine what information potential jurors have received and the effect the information had on their ability to be fair, they need to be questioned about the news reports and what they
have heard and talked about in the community," Wilson wrote in the motion.

Wilson and Douglas County District Attorney Mark Jackson have said they expect the trial to last three weeks.

Bodden, 44, has been in Douglas County Jail since Sept. 11, 2006, following the discovery of her husband's body in the desert near Johnson Lane. She is being held on $1 million cash bail.

She pleaded not guilty to a charge of open murder with use of a deadly weapon after she was indicted in September by a Douglas County Grand Jury.

In a response to Wilson's motion, Jackson argued that moving the trial was premature until potential jurors are questioned to determine if a fair jury can be seated.

"The defendant has not shown any real prejudice from pretrial publicity and the defendant must show actual prejudice," Jackson said.

Authorities believe Robin Bodden, a 50-year-old aircraft mechanic, was shot to death Aug. 15-16, 2006, and his body was dumped in the desert where it was found Sept. 10, 2006.

Following the murder, authorities believe Karen Bodden had 10 days before a family member reported her husband missing to clean up the crime scene and set up her story that she didn't report his absence because the Boddens were having marital problems.

What investigators discovered, according to court documents, was that Karen Bodden had allegedly embezzled thousands of dollars from her husband's business, General Aviation Services of Nevada, and from personal accounts.