UPDATE: Media will appeal decision to keep Denby pre-trial hearings closed - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

UPDATE: Media will appeal decision to keep Denby pre-trial hearings closed

By Michael Addison -  email

UPDATE: Media will not be allowed inside the courtroom for the pre-trial hearings in the Jeffery Denby murder case. This order will be taken to the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals.

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - The issue of whether a Beauregard Parish judge had the right to keep the public and media out of her courtroom was decided today in DeRidder.

On July 16, Judge Martha O'Neal ordered a hearing for accused child killer Jeffery Denby to be held behind closed doors.

Judge O'Neal says she closed the proceedings to prevent a biased jury.

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