Listening to every heart
It's sometimes a "fairly given fact" that smaller communities, as a whole, will view things a little differently than having a jury sit on a matter which is not really "in their own back yard". It is the defense counsel's hope that another venue will provide a more "objective" look at the facts.
Modesto is still a "small community", if you ask the townfolk. [I know this, I was a resident there for six years.]
But I agree in that there is too much publicity for a truly "fair trial" to be had. I would not want to sit on this jury, as I know I have already been given [as have most who read a paper or watch the news] to much information. I would almos expect defense counsel to play up on that and muddy the waters even more.
In cases like this, oftentimes facts get strewn amid the conjecture. The "trial" has, for the most part, been played out over the media. If we were to hold a mock trial here, how would you vote, based on the information you have to date?