Jim Edward Ryan, 42, Lamar, wants a change of judge and a change of venue in his first degree murder trial. His public defender, Joe Zuzul, filed the motions Wednesday in Barton County Circuit Court.
He is charged with beating his brother-in-law, Jim John Kullie, to death with a tire iron on May 25 in Lamar Heights.
The next hearing in the case is scheduled for Aug. 15 with Judge James R. Bickel.
Meanwhile, Ryan's sister, Rebecca Kullie, 40, Joplin, the widow of Jim John Kullie, was allowed to switch lawyers during her hearing today on DWI and misdemeanor marijuana possession charges in Jasper County Circuit Court. She will be allowed to use a public defender, according to court records.
The next hearing in the case will be held Aug. 3.