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Change of Venue Requested in Eric Sheppard Case

Eric Sheppard
Posted at 5:00 AM, Dec 15, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-15 05:00:00-05

VALDOSTA, Ga. (WTXL) -- A Valdosta State University student accused of bringing a gun on to campus due back in court on Tuesday.

Eric Sheppard was arrested earlier this year, after being on the run for more than a month.

His attorney is asking for a change in venue for the trial.

According to authorities, video shows the 22-year old walking on an American flag during a protest at VSU.

After that, police connected Sheppard to a backpack with a gun inside that was found at the school library.

Sheppard's defense team has filed a motion to suppress any evidence found inside of the bag.

The case continues in front of a Lowndes County judge on Tuesday afternoon.

If convicted, Sheppard faces up to eight years behind bars, and the potential of a $10,000 fine.