Her trial was supposed to take place in Lawrence County. However, she was granted a change of venue by Judge Robert Hopkins during a hearing on July 23rd.
On Tuesday, August 27, during a status hearing in the Lawrence County Circuit Court, a new trial was finally set for Westall. Her trial will take place on January 13, 2014, at the Franklin County courthouse in Benton, Illinois.
Franklin County is located in Southern Illinois, in the area known as "Little Egypt". Benton is around 100 miles, and a two hour drive, from Lawrenceville.
A supplemental pre-trial hearing for Westall is set for 1:30 p.m. on October 23 in Lawrenceville. Her final pre-trial hearing has been scheduled for 1 p.m. on December 20, also taking place in Lawrenceville.
If convicted, Westall could be sentenced to 15-30 years in prison on one charge and 20-40 years on the second charge. She could also be fined up to $25,000 and, upon being released from prison, serve three years probation.
Tyler McQueen was already charged with the actual killing of Robert Westall and found guilty. He is currently awaiting sentencing.
Source: Lawrenceville Daily Record