Zimmerman appointed prosecutor for Geurts homicide trials
Scottsbluff attorney Jim Zimmerman, who was the special prosecutor for the grand jury proceedings in the Juliette Geurts homicide case, will be the prosecutor in the trials of the two people indicted by the grand jury.
Scotts Bluff County District Judge Leo Dobrovolny confirmed Thursday he has filed orders naming Zimmerman as the acting prosecutor in the cases involving the two year old victim's mother, Charyse Geurts, and the mother's live in boyfriend at the time of the murder, Dustin Chauncey. Dobrovolny says he appointed Zimmerman because he has been "fully immersed in the case" since being named special prosecutor for the grand jury.
Chauncey is charged with child abuse resulting in death and involuntary manslaughter while Charyse Gueurts has been charged as an accessory to a felony for obstructing the investigation by Police.
Both were in the Gering home July 11th, 2008 when Charyse reported she found Juliette dead in her crib. The case has been investigated as a homicide after the autopsy showed the child died of blunt force trauma.
No other papers have been filed in the case. Geurts and Chauncey live outside of Nebraska, and Scotts Bluff County Chief Deputy Sheriff Jim Gaspers says there is no indication any arrests have been made.
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