FREEHOLD, N.J. — A judge won’t move the murder trial of a man accused of strangling a female friend during a robbery and throwing her body off a bridge with another man.

Liam McAtasney’s attorney, Charles Moriarty, claimed his client couldn’t get a fair trial in Monmouth County. Moriarty cited online media coverage the case has received and the vast amount of “venomous” public comments posted on those articles.

But Superior Court Judge Lisa Thornton said Moriarty didn’t present sufficient evidence that a change of venue was needed. She said he could refile the motion if jury selection shows prejudice is so pervasive it will prevent McAtasney from getting a fair trial.

County prosecutors say the 19-year-old Neptune City man killed 19-year-old Sarah Stern on Dec. 2 during a robbery that netted $10,000.

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