OAKLAND — State court officials have recommended Los Angeles and San Diego counties to host the murder trial of former BART police officer Johannes Mehserle, several local news agencies reported.

The two counties were the only choice the state Administrative Office of the Courts gave the Alameda County judge who will select where to move the trial, according to reports from KTVU, KCBS and the San Francisco Chronicle.

Mehserle is facing murder charges in the shooting death of Oscar Grant on New Year's Day at the Fruitvale BART Station. Grant, 22, of Hayward, was shot in the back by Mehserle, 27, as he was lying face down on the ground at the Fruitvale station on Jan. 1.

A judge ruled last month that Mehserle could not get a fair trial in Alameda County.

— From staff reports