Mary Rice files to restrict trial publicitiy

RiceMary Rice, suspected accomplice to four homicides committed by William “Billy” Boyette, Jr., filed a motion to restrict publicity of pre-trail hearings.

The motion will be heard by Judge John Simon Feb. 27 at 1 p.m.

The motion lists the reasons for the restriction to include the level of media coverage that has already been given to the issue, local law enforcement comments and the potential influence evidence discussed during the pre-trial hearings could have on potential jurors.

The order would make the court proceedings leading up to the trial closed to the public. No photos or video would be allowed in the courthouse or of Rice as she was being transported. It would restrict individuals involved in the proceedings from disclosing information to the news media, and it would limit news media from reporting anything beyond the name of individuals that testified during pre-trial hearings.

Rice faces two charges of felony homicide in Escambia County and in Alabama. She is also charged with accessory after the fact in the murders of Alicia Greer and Jacqueline Moore.

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