The trial to determine whether convicted rapist Monte Hoisington will remain in custody or be set free will stay in Asotin County.
Judge William Acey on Monday denied a change-of-venue request, as well as a motion for summary judgment.
Hoisington was convicted of two rapes in Lewiston in 1977 and a rape in Clarkston in 1991. He is seeking an unconditional release from the Special Commitment Center on McNeil Island, where he has been held since an Asotin County jury determined ten years ago that he met the definition of a sexually violent predator.
The confinement trial will determine whether he still meets that criteria, which defines someone convicted of or charged with a crime of sexual violence and who suffers from a mental abnormality or personality disorder which makes the person likely to engage in predatory acts of sexual violence if not confined in a secure facility.
Jury selection for the confinement trial is set to begin Feb. 14 in Asotin County Superior Court.