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Judge moves Jackson County courthouse shooting trial

SCOTTSBORO (AP) — A judge ruled that the attempted murder trial of a Woodville man accused of shooting two people outside the Jackson County Courthouse after a custody hearing should be moved to Madison County.

Madison County Circuit Judge Loyd H. Little Jr. ordered the trial of John Christopher Lee Sr. moved because of excessive publicity in Jackson County, The Birmingham News reported Wednesday on its Web site.

Lee is accused of critically wounding Robert Lee Hunter and Hunter's mother, Debra Parker, on May 31, 2006. He was indicted last June on two counts of attempted murder.

The shooting occurred after a custody hearing involving Hunter's 4-year-old son and 18-month-old daughter. The children were present at the time of the shooting, but were unharmed. Lee is the children's stepgrandfather.

Holt ordered Cook to be locked up on a charge of contempt of court and gave Hunter custody of the children.

The Alabama Supreme Court appointed Little to preside after every Jackson County judge declined to hear the case.

Hunter and Parker sued the Jackson County Commission earlier this month alleging that there was a lack of security measures at the courthouse.

No date has been set for the trial.

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Information from: The Birmingham News

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