WAYNE COUNTY – A 26-year-old man charged with the murder of his 15-year-old girlfriend nearly 10 years ago is seeking to have his trial moved from Wayne County where the young girl’s body was found in a shallow grave years after her disappearance.
Defense attorney Christian Baril filed the motion Tuesday on behalf of his client Brodey Murbarger.
Murbarger is accused of strangling and suffocating Megan Nichols to death in her Fairfield home on July 3, 2014, later burying her body in a shallow grave in a rural part of Wayne County.
Murbarger had lived in Fairfield, and met Nichols at New Hope School, where he was a senior and she was a sophomore.
Nichols was considered a missing person until her remains were found in a field outside Boyleston, Illinois in 2017.
Murbarger was arrested in 2020 while working in Indiana. He’s remained in the Wayne County Jail since that time with bond set at $300,000 cash.
The Court on Tuesday issued a protective order for Megan Nichols’ medical records.
A hearing on all pending motions in the case is scheduled for March 18 with a May 2 setting being eyed as a possible start date for a jury trial.