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Judge considering change of venue for Tamelia Harris

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Tamelia Harris Tamelia Harris

A Dubuque County judge says he will consider moving the trial for a woman accused of killing her 20-month-old daughter.

Tamelia Harris was in court Friday morning as the judge heard arguments for moving the trial out of Dubuque County.

Both sides agreed that the trial should be moved. The state's only concern was the cost of moving it.

The defense told the judge it should be moved to Fort Dodge because of racial diversity and because it is out of all media markets.

Only 11 of the more than 130 potential jurors surveyed said they knew nothing about the case.  Fifty percent said they could not fairly judge the case.

The judge is taking it under advisement and will rule at a later date.

After a nearly seven month investigation, Harris was charged with Murder in the First Degree in the death of her daughter, Cecilia.

Witness reports say that Harris slammed her child's head off the headboard of her bed, and threw her in the master bedroom closet.

After searching a fire pit in Tamelia's backyard, police discovered small human bones. DNA tests compared those remains with those of Cecilia's parents Tamelia Harris and Tobias Drummond. Results indicate that the remains are 9.95 trillion times more likely to be the biological offspring of Harris and Drummond.

In the criminal complaint, Harris is accused of knowingly acting in a manner that created a substantial risk and intentionally used unreasonable force, torture or cruelty that resulted in bodily injury and resulted in the death of Cecilia.

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