TN - Evelyn Boswell, 15 months, Sullivan County, 26 DEC 2019 *MEDIA,MAPS,TIMELINE* NO DISCUSSION

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MAR 27, 2024
Megan Boswell will appear before Judge Jim Goodwin on Thursday at 1:30 p.m.

Gene Scott, Boswell’s court-appointed attorney, told News Channel 11 that the appearance would be quick. He hopes to discuss a possible change in the venue motion filed by her former attorney.

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MAR 28, 2024
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One big takeaway from the hearing on Thursday -- Judge Jim Goodwin denied a request from the defense to sever some of Boswell's charges.

The defense originally wanted to have separate trials, and have a trial for her false reporting charges, and a trial for her bigger charges, like murder.

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Another topic during the hearing -- possibly moving the trial to a new location in Tennessee -- or bringing in a pool of jurors from elsewhere.

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A hearing regarding a change of venue was set for June 20.
 
MAR 28, 2024

LIVE: Megan Boswell appears in court


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After the hearing, Scott told members of the media that he was concerned about the amount of coverage since the case began four years ago. He said reporters and cameras have been present for every hearing in the Boswell case.

Scott said his client is ready and wants to go to trial. Boswell has been unable to make bail since her original arrest, Scott said.

Scott said he has reviewed all of the discovery evidence in the case and is prepared for trial.
 
MAR 29, 2024
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Megan Boswell faces 19 charges, including two counts of felony murder. She also faces a dozen counts of false reporting, among other charges. In the past, there’s been concern with selecting a jury for the eventual trial, with Judge James Goodwin saying the court plans to prepare a questionnaire to gauge possible jury candidates.

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State prosecutors have also said they plan to seek life in prison for Megan Boswell. There’s a timeline of the case available here.
 
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Attendees at tonight's vigil for Evelyn Boswell left photos and balloons in her honor at the bottom of a statue of Jesus holding a small child.
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8:05 PM - 10 Mar 2020
THIS makes me cry. If the family didn't want the child, there were many people who would've wanted to love on her and care for her properly. The mother should be forced to have her tubes tied as she seems to be uncapable of taking care of a child. This wasn't a dog or cat! I hope she learns from this awful experience and becomes a better person.
 
JUN 19, 2024
The State of Tennessee has filed its response to Megan Boswell’s attorney’s motion for a change of venue, and prosecutors don’t think doing so is necessary.

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Staubus argued that Boswell is not entitled to a change of venue and cited two primary reasons, which can be read as they were written in the response below:

1) Prejudice should not be presumed merely because of the extent and nature of the pretrial publicity; and
2) The parties are likely to be able to seat an impartial jury in Sullivan County after a careful and thorough selection process.

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Staubus argued that the existence of media coverage surrounding a case does not equate to the belief that potential jurors have already made up their minds and would be incapable of being impartial. He wrote that jurors do not necessarily go into a trial without any preconceived notions, but their ability to set those aside and reach a verdict based on evidence is what makes them impartial.

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JUN 20, 2024
The mother pleaded not guilty to the charge. Thursday's court date was an arraignment instead of the originally planned change of venue hearing. That's because the state opted to pursue a new murder charge on top of Megan Boswell's previous two felony murder charges.

"All I can tell you is it was based on additional evidence that we had that we obtained after the initial presentment – so we decided we would add an additional charge of first-degree murder premeditated," Sullivan County District Attorney General Barry Staubus said.

The change of venue hearing has been reset for Aug. 15, and it will determine if Boswell's trial will be moved out of Sullivan County. WCYB News 5 in the Tri-Cities reported prosecutors said they believed a Sullivan County jury could still be impartial despite the notoriety surrounding the case.
 
JUN 20, 2024
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Prior to the hearing, Boswell was served with a new indictment charging her with first-degree murder. The new charge alleges Evelyn’s death was premeditated and intentional. The new count is in addition to her two previous felony murder charges.

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The new charge brings the total number of counts against Boswell to 20. In August 2020, Boswell was indicted on 19 other charges, including two counts of felony murder in Evelyn’s death. Other counts include aggravated child abuse, aggravated child neglect, false reports and failure to report a death under suspicious, unusual or unnatural circumstances.

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