MARIN COUNTY -- Max Wade, the 18-year-old San Rafael man charged with a Lamborghini theft in San Francisco and an attempted murder case in Mill Valley, cannot get a fair trial in Marin because of the intense publicity surrounding the case, his lawyer said Tuesday.
Defense attorney Charles Dresow filed motions seeking both a change of venue for the trial and a severance of the Marin and San Francisco charges.
Dresow argued that the sensational media coverage about the stolen $200,000 Lamborghini -- which belonged to restaurateur and television chef Guy Fieri -- threatens to "poison the jury pool" in Marin.
He said the relatively minor matter of the auto theft is overshadowing the extremely serious charges of attempted murder.
"Mr. Wade has been vilified as everything that is wrong with the overprivileged youth of Marin County," Dresow wrote. "So much emotion and passion surrounds the issue that Mr. Wade will be unable to find a fair and impartial jury in Marin County."
Dresow, with Wade at his side, filed the motions during a brief hearing Tuesday before Judge Kelly Simmons. The judge set a hearing on the motions for March 28, then scheduled jury selection for May 16.
Prosecutor Yvette Martinez-Shaw said she expects the trial to last four to six weeks.
Wade remains in custody in lieu of $2 million bail.
Wade is charged with two counts of attempted murder for a shooting on April 13 in Mill Valley. Authorities said he rode a motorcycle up to a pickup truck and fired at a teenage couple inside because the girl has rejected him romantically. The victims escaped with minor injuries from flying glass.
After sheriff's investigators identified Wade as the suspect, they tailed him to a storage facility in Richmond and found, among other evidence, Fieri's yellow Lamborghini. It was stolen from a dealership in San Francisco 10 months earlier, when the thief entered through a high window and rapelled down to the car, police said.
Authorities said Wade, who grew up in Tiburon, was known for driving a yellow Lamborghini around Marin County and supplying counterfeit IDs to local teens.
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