Loveland Connection staff • May 1, 2009
District Court Judge Daniel J. Kaup has changed his decision limiting the dissemination of information to the public during the murder trial of James Whitler.
After deciding Thursday that media outlets covering the trial could not report about courtroom proceedings until after court had adjourned for the day, Kaup changed his ruling this morning saying news updates could be filed throughout the day from outside the courtroom.
Kaup said he changed his mind after reflecting on his original decision and made the new ruling official after prosecutors and defense attorneys agreed with his inclination to allow updates outside the courtroom.
"I have reason to pause whether this court has the authority to tell someone they can't update a Web site," Kaup said. "There still can be no transmissions of any kind leaving the courtroom while court is in session."
Whitler is on trial for for first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder.
He is accused of beating process server Stephen Allen to death with a baseball bat at his west Loveland home in May 2008 and then turning his rage on his two children trying to choke them to death after he was served divorce papers and a restraining order.
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Judge reverses order about news updates from process server murder trial