Chauncey's trial date delayed until October

The trial of the man charged in the death of two year old Juliette Geurts of Gering a little over five years ago has been pushed back for another two months.

26 year old Dustin Chauncey was scheduled to have a pre-trial hearing this coming Monday prior to a trial in August on a charge of felony child abuse resulting in death. But Scotts Bluff County District Judge Leo Dobrovolny granted a defense motion for a continuance during a Wednesday morning hearing, so the pre-trial hearing is now set for September 13th at 8 a.m. with a five day trial to begin October 21st.

Dobrovolny postponed the trial after Scotts Bluff County Public Defender Bernie Straetker indicated they needed more time to prepare.

Chauncey was charged after a grand jury was convened to investigate the death following a petition drive led by Juliette's Aunt Monica Hall and others. The toddler's mother, Charyse Geurts, reported to Gering Police July 11th, 2008 she found Juliette dead in her crib. The case has been treated as a homicide after the autopsy showed the child died of blunt force trauma. Chauncey, Geurts boyfriend when the death occurred, was in the home at the time.

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