Yes, it both tastes and smells funny. The it is the most recent move by the prosecutor in Commonwealth of Virginia v. Ryan Frederick: Prosecutor's bid to move Frederick trial is a rarity.
Kristin Davis, in her Virginian-Pilot article, notes,
Ebert said this week that the publicity surrounding the case of Ryan Frederick - some of which he characterized as inaccurate and based on speculation - has made a fair trial impossible in Chesapeake. Ebert was named the special prosecutor in the case because he is from another jurisdiction and has no ties to Chesapeake police.For a fairly complete list of this mobocracy action on the Internet, see this page on A Wiki Called Reason.
Much of that publicity he mentioned has come from the Internet. A number of people have come forward in person or online to support Frederick or to criticize the police's actions the night Detective Jarrod Shivers was shot and killed.