LINCOLN — A judge has dismissed a change of venue request by a woman charged with making up a gay hate crime.
Charlie Rogers filed a motion Nov. 16 seeking to move the location of her trial on a misdemeanor charge of false reporting. On Wednesday, her attorney, Brett McArthur, withdrew the motion.
Lancaster County Judge Gale Pokorny dismissed it with prejudice, meaning it cannot be filed a second time.
The written motion argued that Rogers would not be able to seat an impartial jury because of pervasive news coverage of the case.
Rogers, a lesbian, told police last summer she was attacked by three masked men who broke into her Lincoln home and cut gay slurs into her arms and abdomen. News of the attack prompted supporters to quickly organize rallies in Lincoln and Omaha that drew hundreds of participants.
Although police officials have said none of the physical evidence supports Rogers' version of events, she recently posted a video online in which she maintains her story. She accused police of conducting an incomplete inquiry that focused solely on her from the start.
Rogers is a former starting basketball player at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
A jury trial has been scheduled for Jan. 7. The judge told the defense and prosecuting lawyers to submit supplemental questions for the jury pool.
If convicted, Rogers faces a maximum sentence of one year in jail.
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