Judge: Ashley White cannot use data science expert witness in trial

PULASKI CO., Va. -Ashley White will not be able to use a data science expert witness in her trial. A judge denied the motion on Wednesday. He did not give a reason for doing so. White is the mother of 5-year-old Pulaski County boy Noah Thomas, who was found dead in a septic tank in March. White’s attorney wanted to use the witness to show that media coverage would not allow White a chance at a fairly seated jury. Hundreds of pages of articles and social media posts from local news outlets, including WDBJ7, were subpoenaed. Many of the social media comments on these posts and articles were threatening. White’s attorney, Kelsey Bulger, had also filed a change of venue request. The change of venue hearing is January 4.


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