Crime Watch 8

Judge to look deeper at reports about held SW Indiana woman

MOUNT VERNON, Ind. (AP) – A judge says he’ll try to seat juries for a southwestern Indiana couple charged with holding a woman captive for two months before deciding their separate requests for changes of venue.

Posey Circuit Judge James Redwine also said he’ll look deeper at the content of local news reports to determine whether finding an impartial jury is possible.

Thirty-seven-year-old Ricky House Jr. and 44-year-old Kendra Tooley face rape, criminal confinement and other charges alleging they kept a 30-year-old Evansville woman at their rural Posey County mobile home until she was freed in September by Tooley’s ex-husband.

The Evansville Courier & Press reports ( the venue change requests were heard during a joint hearing Tuesday.

House’s trial is currently scheduled for May 18. Tooley is set to be tried June 22.