Man accused of killing girlfriend requests change of court venue, blood sample

Janesville man requests 2 motions to be carried before trial date
Man accused of killing girlfriend requests change of court venue, blood sample
Clayton Courtney

According to the Rock County Circuit Court, one man has requested a change of court venue for his trial and a blood sample from Brittany Cross, who was reportedly his girlfriend.

Clayton Courtney, a Janesville man, is accused of brutally stabbing his roommate and killing Cross in May. Courtney faces charges of first-degree attempted intentional homicide and first-degree intentional homicide.

Courtney has requested a motion to move his trial out of Rock County on the grounds that an impartial trial cannot be held in the Rock County Court House. 

Courtney also requested a motion to order the Wisconsin State Crime Lab to test Cross’s blood sample for HIV.

On the date of the homicide, Cross reportedly told Courtney that she was HIV positive and would not be able to have children with him. She told Courtney about this following a sexual relationship.

If the results were able to show that Cross was HIV positive, Courtney’s charge could change to second-degree intentional homicide.

The motion hearing will be on Dec. 17.

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