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Change of venue denied in Poitra case

Trial scheduled to begin late February in Eddy County

If Nicholas Poitra is to stand trial for murder, there’s no longer any question of where it will be.

On December 22, 2023, District Court Judge James Hovey rejected a motion for change of venue, meaning Eddy County could soon host its first murder trial since 1997.

Poitra is facing trial after allegedly shooting and killing Troyal Thumb at a bar in Sheyenne, N.D. last February.

He led law enforcem...