Jury Trial in District Court Vacated Due to Spike in COVID-19 Cases

A virtual hearing was held Tuesday in Fourth Judicial District Court in Sheridan regarding the upcoming jury trial that is scheduled to begin Monday for David Ingersoll, who has been charged with Sexual Assault of a Minor in the Second Degree for an alleged incident that occurred in July of 2019. The victim was 15 years of age. Tuesday’s hearing was held so that District Court Judge John Fenn could hear from the prosecution and the defense about their thoughts on moving forward with the trial next week with the recent spike in local cases of COVID-19. Judge Fenn said he was informed that there have been at least three positive cases within the Sheridan County Courthouse.

Sheridan County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Christina White said they are prepared to go to trial with all of the proper precautions to be followed, precautions that were put into place and followed at two previous in-person jury trials that were held in District Court in August. Defense Attorney Anna Malmberg stated to the Court that moving ahead with the trial would put too many people at risk of exposure and would be irresponsible at this time.

Given the recent dramatic increase in cases of COVID-19 in Sheridan County, Judge Fenn ruled to vacate the trial and continue it to an unspecified date. Judge Fenn said the Court has an obligation to the safety and welfare of the community and he did not feel comfortable holding a jury trial at this time. A hearing to address Ingersoll’s bond will be held in the near future. 



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