BENTON, Ky. (AP) -- A defense attorney representing a teenager accused of killing two classmates during a shooting at a Kentucky school has asked that the trial be moved outside Marshall and neighboring counties.

The Paducah Sun reports public defender Tom Griffiths cited multiple reasons for the move including pretrial publicity and strong local opinions about the case.

Seventeen-year-old Gabriel Parker was a sophomore when police say he killed students Preston Cope and Bailey Holt and injured more than a dozen others at Marshall County High School on Jan. 23, 2018. Parker has pleaded not guilty to murder and assault charges.

Bailey Holt and Preston Cope - Marshall County shooting victims

Bailey Holt, left, and Preston Cope were shot and killed at Marshall County High School, near Benton, Kentucky, in 2018. 

The motion indicates it will be heard before a judge on May 17.

Parker is charged as an adult. A prosecutor has indicated he'll seek a sentence of life in prison if Parker is convicted.

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