BOULDER, Colo. — The woman accused of attacking a pregnant woman and cutting her unborn baby from the womb wants her trial moved out of Boulder County. The attack on Michelle Wilkins happened in March in Longmont.
Prosecutors argue there’s no need to move the trial. Both sides argued the change of venue motion before a judge Tuesday.
No decision was made, but the judge said she plans to issue a ruling as soon as she can, probably within a week or two.
The defense team for 35-year-old Dynel Lane said the case has received too much publicity for Lane to get a fair trial in Boulder.
Lane is accused of luring Wilkins to Lane’s home in Longmont through a Craigslist ad selling baby clothes. Wilkins was eight months pregnant at the time.
Prosecutors say Lane stabbed Wilkins and left her for dead after cutting the unborn baby from her body. Wilkins survived the attack. Her baby did not.
Wilkins has since appeared on the “Dr. Phil Show,” which is something Lane’s attorneys pointed out. Besides the change of venue, they have motions to suppress evidence, including a rape exam performed on Lane.
Detectives said they needed to prove Lane wasn’t pregnant or had recently given birth as she originally suggested. Prosecutors said with more than 300,000 people living in Boulder County, it shouldn’t be hard to find a fair jury.
Lane is charged with attempted murder, unlawful termination of a pregnancy and four counts of assault.
Her trial is scheduled to begin in February.