Lippstreu announces grand jury to be convened in Geurts case

A grand jury will be convened to investigate the circumstances surrounding the July 11th, 2008 death of two year old Juliette Geurts of Gering. Scotts Bluff County District Judge Randy Lippstreu issued a press release Wednesday announcing the grand jury will be convened and that Scottsbluff attorney and Banner County Attorney Jim Zimmerman has been appointed special prosecutor.

Juliette's Aunt Monica Hall, who has pushed for action in the case and began the grand jury effort, says her family is excited they have achieved a major step in getting the case solved.

Hall expressed disappointment someone from outside the area was not appointed the special prosecutor even though she does not know anything derogative about Zimmerman. Hall has maintained all the local attorneys have worked with Scotts Bluff County Attorney Doug Warner and someone outside the area was needed to truly provide "fresh eyes" on the case.

No date has been set for the grand jury to convene.No date has been set for the grand jury to convene. Lippstreu says the grand jury will work in secret and following completion of their work their decision on whether charges should be filed in the case will be filed with Scotts Bluff County Clerk of the District Court Ann Rosenberry.

Rosenberry says the grand jury will be comprised of 16 people and three alternates taken from a merged list of registered voters and licensed drivers, removing any duplicate names.
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Hall used Lincoln attorneys to put together the petition calling for the grand jury, which had over 1,700 signatures, almost double the number of valid signatures needed to call the grand jury.

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