Bill Cosby's criminal sexual assault trial will stay in Montgomery County Court outside Philadelphia, but the jurors will come from another Pennsylvania county, a judge ruled Monday.
O'Neill also turned down McMonagle's request to recommend the jurors come from Allegheny or Philadelphia counties, where the populations are "more diversified". The State Supreme Court will pick that location.
Montgomery Common Pleas Judge Steven O'Neill is presiding over the trial. In his order, the judge said the jurors will be sequestered.
During the 2015 Montgomery County district attorney's race, Bruce L. Castor Jr. was replaced by current District Attorney Kevin R. Steele.
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Prosecutors said they were opposed to the defense team's "jury shopping". It has almost twice the population of Montgomery County, which is the third largest county in the state.
Cosby's team had filed for a change of venue in December, citing what they said was biased local coverage that could influence jurors from Montgomery County. The state argues that the Montgomery County courthouse is big enough, secure enough and has the resources to handle a high-profile trial.
Cosby, 79, is facing charges that he sexually assaulted Andrea Constand, a former assistant basketball coach at his alma mater Temple University, in 2004.
Monday's hearing follows a pretrial victory on Friday for Cosby: O'Neill's ruling to bar prosecutors from calling all but one of the 13 female accusers they had hoped to put on the witness stand to bolster their portrait of the entertainer as a serial sexual predator.