Final Arguments in Broken Bow Cop Car Shooting Wednesday
The jury trail of 36-year-old Trent Esch of Broken Bow, began Monday in Custer County District Court. Esch is accused of shooting an unoccupied Custer County Sheriff patrol vehicle March 18, 2012, parked in front of the home of Deputy Sheriff Dan Spanel. Esch is being tried on charges of criminal mischief, and use of a weapon to commit felony criminal mischief.
The prosecution, Custer County Deputy Attorney Glen Clark presented a number of witnesses and testimony Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning, and rested their case at noon Tuesday. Defense Attorney David Jorgensen began presenting their case Tuesday afternoon.
“He was charged with three different DWI's, all pending at the same time,” Clark stated. "A condition of the bond was he test. [The deputy] went over and asked him to test, he said ‘Yea, I'll be right down to the sheriff's office,' he never showed up. Found out he went home, the deputy went to his home, he refused to give the test...and he was arrested. And we know that didn't make him very happy with the deputy."
Jorgensen stated in his opening statements Monday that Esch was asleep at home seven miles outside of Broken Bow at 8:25 that night -- 25 minutes before Deputy Spanel's car was riddled with bullets.
The defense is expected to conclude its presentation Wednesday morning, which will be followed by closing arguments before the case is handed to the jury for deliberation.