(SALINA, Kan.)—A Saline County judge has granted a change of venue motion in a first-degree murder and child abuse trial.
Attorneys for Antonio Brown asked a judge to consider the motion, saying their client could not receive a fair trial in Saline County. Brown is accused of killing his girlfriend's 14-month-old son in 2011. Police said Clayden Urbanek died from injuries relating to internal bleeding and a broken rib. Investigators said the child also had bruises all over his body.
Brown is also facing escape from custody charges after he walked out of the Saline County jail in February while awaiting sentencing. Authorities said a holding cell door was left open, and he walked out of the facility. Brown turned himself into U.S. Marshals in Wichita days later. He then withdrew his plea.
The toddler's mother, Brittney N. Betzold, is serving about 13 years in prison for her role in her son's death.
The Kansas Supreme Court will decide where the trial will be held.
Eyewitness News reporter Samantha Anderson is talking to the victim's family. Hear what they say about the change of venue tonight on Eyewitness News.