Change of venue granted for Robert Fabian in pretrial hearing of Zuzu Verk case

ALPINE -- A change of venue was granted for Robert Fabian in a pretrial hearing Friday morning.

Fabian's hearing began around 11 a.m. in the Brewster County Courtroom.

Two motions were brought before Judge Roy B. Ferguson: A motion for a change of venue, and a motion to decrease bond.

The State of Texas, which is prosecuting the case, did not oppose the first motion, meaning that Judge Ferguson was required to grant and transfer the case to another county.

No county has been selected at this time. When that decision is made attorneys on both sides will be notified.

The motion to decrease bond was not heard at this time.

Fabian's next pretrial hearing is scheduled for October 13.

Chris Estrada, who has also been indicted in connection with the Zuzu Verk case, was scheduled to appear on Friday but was reset for sometime in September.

Both Estrada and Fabian were indicted after the body of missing Sul Ross student Zuzu Verk was found months after she had been reported missing.

Fabian is charged with Murder in connection with the case.

Estrada is charged with two counts: tampering with physical evidence/corpse, and tampering with evidence.