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Grand Jury to convene on Juliette Geurts' murder

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A grand jury will convene to investigate the murder of a two–year–old who was killed four years ago today.

Today petitioners submitted their call for a grand jury to investigate the murder of Juliette Geurts. The toddler was found dead in her Gering home on July 11th, 2008; but there haven't been any arrests or convictions in the murder.

Petitioners have been collecting signatures of registered voters in Scotts Bluff County since May. They needed a minimum of 974, 10 percent of the county's registered voters. When they submitted the petition today, there about 17–hundred signatures.

Juliette's aunt– Monica Hall– has spearheaded efforts to find justice for Juliette since the two year old was murdered.

"To finally get a grand jury to give Juliette the justice that she deserves four years later- it's a small step in a mountain we have to climb," explains Hall, who traveled from Wisconsin to be in Gering today. "There's no guarantees with a grand jury that they'll come out with indictments, but it gives a fresh set of eyes to look at the evidence."

Hall says it will take 4-6 weeks for signatures to be verified and to have a special prosecutor assigned before the grand jury will actually convene.

Three adults were in the house when Juliette was murdered, Charyse Geurts (mother), and Brandon Townsend and Dustin Chauncey, who were Charyse's current and ex-boyfriends. None of them were ever charged with any crime- and all three have since moved out of the panhandle.

Hall hopes that the Grand Jury will find something to help charge one, if not all of them, in the murder.

 Members with the Justice for Juliette campaign will meet at Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery on Highway 26 Wednesday at 8 p.m. for a candle light vigil.

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