Brenda Lee Canosa appeared in Orange County court Thursday. She is charged with killing her husband, Orange County Investigator Bob Canosa.
Brenda Canosa was back in an Orange County courtroom Thursday morning as details for her murder trial began to be sorted out. Where the trial would be, how sheriff's deputies and police could dress, and whether cameras would be allowed, were all covered.
Every bit of it aiming towards this fall and the case against her that says she shot and killed her sheriff's investigator husband.
Coming out of the courtroom Thursday, the children of first degree murder suspect Brenda Lee Canosa had nothing to say. Inside the courthouse, Canosa was smiling, talking to her family and at points chuckling with her attorneys who are still fighting to have her case moved from Orange County.
Canosa is accused of killing her estranged husband Bob Canosa, an Orange County investigator, in December. On Thursday, her defense team argued two key points ahead of the October trial.
"The purpose is to assure that potential issues that many come up in trial are brought up before trial," said Canosa's Attorney Dana Slater.
In the end, the judge denied their request to have all officers not on duty at the hearing wear plain clothes. The fear was that uniformed officers in the crowd could impact the jury.
Jury selection was another issue. The judge denied the defense's request for jurors to answer pre-trial questionnaires.
"To either alleviate those issues from coming up at all or to set the stage for if they do come up that each side has an opportunity to identify them," Slater argued.
Canosa has pleaded not guilty to the murder charge. The defense claims that her husband recanted blaming her for the shooting on his deathbed.
A request to have cameras at the trial was also denied. Judge Dan Bouton said it would be too much of a distraction based on the configuration of the courtroom.