Change of venue hearing begins in Stephanie Condon murder trial
ROSEBURG, Ore. (KMTR) – A change of venue hearing has begun for a Myrtle Creek man accused in the disappearance and murder of a Douglas County teenage girl.
40-year-old Dale Wayne Hill appeared in Douglas County Court Monday, September 20th, 2010. Hill is charged with aggravated murder and kidnapping.
A Riddle native, Stephanie Condon disappeared on October 30th, 1998 from a family member’s home in Tri-City, Oregon. Condon was 18-years-old.
In March 2009, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office announced it found Condon’s remains off a remote logging road near Glide, Oregon.
Hill was arrested in Nevada shortly afterwards, then extradited to Oregon in July 2009. Hill has been in the Douglas County Jail since then, awaiting trial.
Hill’s attorneys are asking for the case to be tried outside of Douglas County because of concerns about getting a fair trial. A Josephine County judge is presiding over the change of venue hearing.
At Monday’s hearing, several current and former law enforcement officers testified about evidence surrounding Hill before and after Condon’s disappearance.