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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  There are new developments in the case of Michael Curry, the man accused of murdering his wife and children 24 years ago in Columbus.

Chief Judge of Muscogee County Superior Court John D. Allen has issued a gag order in the case, preventing members of the Public Defender's Office, DA's Office, and Columbus Police Department from talking about the case with any news outlet.

The District Attorney for the Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit, Julia Slater, is prosecuting the case herself and filed a motion for the gag order this week.

Slater wants to try Michael Curry on six counts of murder here in Muscogee County.

She also wants to prevent any potential jurors from being influenced by local news coverage of the case.

The gag order prohibits anyone involved in the case from communicating with the media.

Michael Curry's attorneys are fighting for a change in venue, saying that local news stories of the case have prevented him from having a fair trial in Columbus.

Jude Allen has yet to rule on the change in venue but did grant Michael Curry a conditional bond this week.

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