The first-degree murder trial against Orleans Village resident Randall Swartz is scheduled to begin next week at the Lamoille County Courthouse. Swartz, 61, is accused of shooting his wife Thea to death at their home in 2018. The court denied a motion by Swartz’s defense attorney, Robert W. Katims of Burlington, to move the trial out of Orleans County due to pre-trial publicity. But then the court decided to moved it to a new venue anyway citing COVID-19 related restrictions at the Orleans County Courthouse in Newport. State police said they found Swartz at his home on May 15, 2018, with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. They also found his wife dead from a gunshot wound. She called 911 and told the police dispatcher that her husband was drunk and threatening her, followed by the sounds of gunfire. In a separate federal case, Swartz pleaded guilty in 2019 to mail fraud in connection with embezzlement from his former employer, Cabot Creamery. Swartz admitted to ordering reverse osmosis equipment for sugaring that was too small for Cabot, which he used instead in his own business. He was sentenced in U.S. District Court to four years in prison and three years on probation.