Trial move requested in Sprinkles case
Kayla Sprinkles of Hayesville, a former Andrews High School teacher accused of sexual activity with a student, has asked for a change of venue for her trial.
A motion filed in Superior Court claims unfair news coverage puts her Sixth Amendment rights to a fair trial in jeopardy. According to the filing by her attorney Miranda Mills of Charlotte, “print and electronic media coverage of matters that may not be relevant or admissible at trial … have so polluted the pool within which jurors will be selected.”
The motion also states that a claim in a Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office release issued June 8 was “knowingly and blatantly false.” The claim in question is that Sprinkles “gained knowledge, possibly through a social media posting, of the existence of the indictments and left the local area to surrender herself” in Mecklenburg County.
The motion said the idea that she allegedly fled after charges were pending was picked up by dozens of national and international media outlets, “proving bias and tainted media coverage,” will not allow a fair trial here.
Det. Roger Williams of the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office said Monday nothing false was placed in that release.
“As soon as my office learned about outstanding indictments for my client, we advised her of the same,” Mills said Monday. “She immediately made arrangements to self-surrender. She surrendered in Mecklenburg County, where my office is located.”
Sprinkles has an administrative court date set for Sept. 24. It’s unclear whether the motion for change of venue will be heard at that time.