Judge Denies Jeena Roberts’ Change of Venue Request on Bail-Jumping Charge
A judge has denied a change of venue request for a woman facing charges on jumping bail after being sentenced for intoxication manslaughter.
Jeena Roberts pleaded guilty to intoxication manslaughter and intoxication assault after rear-ending a vehicle in Lubbock in October 2012.
The wreck resulted in the death of 54-year-old Linda Smaltz and the injury of another person. Roberts had been drinking before driving at high speeds down Fourth Street, when she hit Smaltz near Avenue L.
Her original sentence was 15 years for the intoxication manslaughter charge and eight years for intoxication assault to be served concurrently.
Roberts, originally from The Woodlands, was ordered to report to prison on January 7th, 2013. She was captured in early January in Houston after failing to report.
Her attorney said that they do not believe that Roberts, a former Texas Tech student, would be able to receive a fair trial in Lubbock due to extensive media coverage.
Judge Jim Bob Darnell denied the request, and jury seating will likely take place within the next few weeks.