No change of venue in real estate agent's murder

COLUMBIA, Tenn. (AP) -- A murder trial will go forward as planned in Giles County after the defendant unsuccessfully argued for a change of venue due to pretrial publicity.

Robert Wayne Garner, of Pulaski, is scheduled to go on trial Monday in the death of real estate agent Brenda Wilburn, whose body was found in a closet in the burned remains of her home in January 2010.

Garner had asked to move the trial to Wayne County, but Circuit Court Judge Jim T. Hamilton denied his request, The Daily Herald reported.

The judge did agree to split the charges against him into two separate trials. A trial date for the charges of aggravated arson and theft or burglary has yet to be set.

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