Jaci Rae Jackson, accused of theft over the removal of five horses from the Southern Arkansas University stables late last year, wants a change of trial venue.
The Texarkana Gazette reports that the request has been filed by Jackson’s attorney, Michael Lusk.
Jackson, 20, from Broken Bow, Oklahoma, faces a pre-trial hearing in Arkansas on July 19.
Her trial is currently scheduled for July 26 in Magnolia.
Her counsel argues that substantial publicity around the case meant it would be difficult to get an impartial jury for the trial of Jackson in Colombia County.
Jackson is charged in connection with the theft of the five horses belonging to university rodeo team members.
The animals were taken from the university’s Mulerider stables and trucked to Oklahoma. A trailer from the Mulerider stables was also stolen and used in the theft.
Four of the horses were recovered about two weeks later, tied to trees and apparently abandoned, in a heavily wooded area of McCurtain County, Oklahoma.
The remains of the fifth, Credit Card, were found soon after. It is alleged by authorities that Credit Card was killed and dismembered.
Jackson also faces charges in Oklahoma over the incident – moving stolen property into the state, knowingly concealing stolen property and animal cruelty.