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Justice postponed for January

Trenton Esch in Custer County District Court
Published: Sep. 10, 2020 at 4:26 PM CDT
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BROKEN BOW, Neb. (KNOP) - A 44-year-old Broken Bow man, charged with killing his stepmother, was in court Thursday.

Trenton Esch appeared in Custer County District Court, where he’s facing several felony charges stemming from the July 11 murder of 62-year-old Crystal Esch.

On Thursday, District Judge Karen Noakes moved Esch’s pre-trial to January to complete police reports and collect information. His jury trial was previously scheduled to begin on October 26.

Court records show there were restraining orders against Trenton Esch, brought by the victim.

According to the information released in Esch’s previous court appearance, two children were present at the time of the crime. The children were able to confirm Esch’s identity and actions on July 11.

Esch is charged with using a firearm to commit a felony near Broken Bow in Custer County, and for possessing a firearm even though he is a convicted felon.

At the time of Esch’s arrest, bond was set at $5 million. In his first court appearance in Custer County, it was argued that in Nebraska for the crime of murder, bond can be denied. Also, due to the probability that Esch did commit the crime, the judge agreed and denied bond.

He is being held in the Custer County Jail in Broken Bow.

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