SAN DIEGO, March 16 (UPI) -- The accused killer of a 17-year-old San Diego girl will likely seek a change of venue because of extensive media coverage of the case, legal experts say.
Gardner's lawyers have not filed papers requesting a change in location for his trial, but some say it's only a matter of time.
"I suspect they will," said Shaun Martin, a University of San Diego law professor, noting the extreme public interest in the case.
But such requests are not often approved, another attorney said.
"It's really hard to get a change of venue," Donald Levine, a lawyer not involved in the Gardner case, said. "I've only seen it in one or two cases in 30 years."
Gardner, a registered sex offender, was arrested three days after King disappeared on Feb. 25 while running in a local park. Her body was found March 2.
Dozens of reporters from local and national media outlets covered Gardner's arraignment in San Diego, the Union-Tribune reported.