The motion hearing for a change of venue in the case of Cynthia Perkins will be held Feb. 14th at 9am at the Livingston Parish Courthouse.
It comes after Perkins’ attorney filed a motion earlier this week saying due to the high publicity of this case, their client would not get a fair and impartial trial in Livingston Parish.
Perkins is facing 72 charges in total including first degree rape, four counts of sexual battery of a child under the age of 13, 60 counts of principal to production of pornography involving juveniles among several others. She’s accused alongside her husband Dennis Perkins, a high-ranking Livingston Parish Sheriff’s deputy, who has since been fired.
Perkins was a school teacher in various Livingston Parish schools and resigned when she was arrested in Oct. 2019.
Her trial is scheduled to begin on Feb. 14th with jury selection.
Prior to jury selection, a Livingston Parish judge will listen to Perkins’ attorneys as well as the lead prosecuting agency, the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office, as to whether or not a change of venue should be granted.
In a 66-page motion filed earlier this week, Perkins’ attorneys said two specific social media pages (Livingston Parish Rants & Raves on Facebook & Tigerdroppings), have had several people commenting and even threatening Perkins. They added given the amount of people who follow those two pages, it would be difficult to seat a jury in Livingston Parish that would be able to give Perkins a fair and impartial chance at trial.
If a judge decides to keep the trial in Livingston Parish, jury selection will begin at 1pm on Feb. 14th. Depending on how long it takes to seat a jury, trial would begin right after a jury is seated. If the judge grants the motion to change the venue, the trial will not start on Feb. 14th in Livingston Parish.
Dennis Perkins’ trial is scheduled for the summer of 2022.