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HENDRICKS COUNTY, Ind.–The defendant accused in the death of Indiana State Police Trooper Aaron Smith wants to move his upcoming trial.

On Tuesday, attorneys for 18-year-old Eddie Jones filed a motion seeking relocation of the trial from Hendricks County or the selection of a jury from another county. They argue that the public has been hostile towards Jones and fear for his safety.

The judge has not issued a decision yet.

In addition to murder, Jones is charged with auto theft and resisting law enforcement.

Jones is supposed to appear in court for a pretrial conference at 8 a.m. Aug. 21 in Hendricks Circuit Court in Danville.

Police say Jones drove a stolen SUV which collided with Trooper Smith while he was attempting deploy stop sticks on Ronald Reagan Parkway.