In a ruling two weeks after the escape, Escambia County Circuit Judge Bert Rice said he saw "no impropriety" on the part of the district attorney's office, but removed the members from the case.
"I see no violation or prejudice at this point to the defendant," Rice
Last month, Floyd's attorneys filed a change of venue motion, arguing their client could not receive a fair trial in Escambia County
, due to extensive media coverage, but Rice
dismissed the motion until a jury could be struck.
told the attorneys that changing the venue for the trial likely would not happen - unless potential jurors questioned in the selection process indicated that a fair and impartial conclusion could not be made in the case against Floyd.
Floyd's case has been continued a number of times, but, in August, Rice
said it would begin in September.
"We will not be constrained by time," Rice