Trial Move Sought for Teen Accused of Fake Cancer

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

EL PASO, Texas - The attorney for a West Texas teenager accused of faking cancer to steal $17,000 in donations wants his client's trial moved.

An El Paso County grand jury indicted 19-year-old Angie Gomez of Horizon City in April on a charge of theft by deception. Investigators have said that Gomez collected $17,000 in donations from hundreds of people after pretending she was dying of leukemia.

Horizon City police later determined there was no evidence that Gomez had been diagnosed with cancer.

Now, defense attorney Sheldon Myers contends that extensive news coverage of the Horizon High School student's case makes it unlikely that she can get a fair trial in El Paso. No ruling has been made on the change-of-venue motion.

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