Eliyahu and Avi Werdesheim, who are white and Jewish, have claimed self-defense in the 2010 incident, saying the teen was holding a nail-studded board. The trial has been postponed six times.
While initial media coverage had died down, it surged again in recent days. Defense attorneys found scores of stories online comparing their case to the Florida case that has stirred strong emotions across the country, Andrew Alperstein, attorney for Eliyahu Werdesheim, told Judge Sylvester Cox.
The jury selection process is meant to weed out biased potential jurors, but the Internet, social media and 24-hour news channels make that more difficult in this case "given the saturation of media coverage in this matter, and the inextricable intertwinement of the Trayvon Martin saga," Alperstein and Susan Green, attorney for Avi Werdesheim, wrote in their motion for a new venue filed Monday morning.
They also noted that Cox commented on the community's interest in bringing the case to trial during the last postponement hearing.