"Battle of the Proxies" -- episode 10 of season 4 of The Good Wife -- features parallel trials in different Illinois Counties with two different murder suspects being accused of killing the same women (Brandi Colvado), whose body was moved to a different county after being murdered.
Blocks of 4x10 Transcript:
Nine months ago, a young woman named Brandi Colavito attended Alt-O-Rama, three-day music festival here in Chicago. While there, she was murdered. The killer then took the body 50 miles south to her hometown, in Minooka, in Grundy County, and dumped her. Now ASA Hellinger has seen fit to charge my client, Troy Mallick, a respected executive with a spotless record. This despite the fact that he had no motive and there were better suspects in Minooka. So let's look at the evidence."
"You've already ruled this parallel Chicago trial relevant, Your Honor. If the shoe impression matches the Chicago defendant, that's highly relevant."
My question is, Can parallel trials over the same crime (in this case murder suspects) happen in real life (in the United States)? How fictional or realistic is this?