Trial date set for Janesville man charged with homicide

Judge denies request for outside jury
Trial date set for Janesville man charged with homicide
Clayton Courtney

A Janesville man accused of murder will face trial in June.

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

During a hearing Wednesday, a trial date was set for June 22. Courtney’s attorney also asked that a jury be brought in from another county citing media coverage of the case.

Judge James Daley declined the request, but didn’t rule out the use of an outside jury later, if needed.

The jury will be sequestered.

The judge did grant a motion to order the Wisconsin State Crime Lab to test Cross’ 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.

A Janesville police officer has testified that DNA from Courtney and Cross was found on several items at the scene of the death.

Courtney is being held on $600,000 bond.