Despite warnings from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to move the criminal proceedings out of the state, the Bowling Green Board of Commissioners voted against a resolution to relocate two Iraqi nationals charged with terrorism.

In a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, McConnell said the decision to treat Waad Ramadan Alwan and Mohanad Shareef Hammadi as civilian criminal defendants in a Bowling Green federal courtroom is “ill-advised” and widely opposed by Kentuckians.

However, city lawmakers, including Mayor Joe Denning, opposed a resolution that would have asked Holder to move the trial. The measure was defeated by a three-to-two vote.

“We are legislators here as city commissioners and we understand the process to move the trial to some other location should be left up to the judicial system and not the city of Bowling Green,” Denning said in a statement.