Trenton Esch, 44 of Broken Bow, made a short appearance in Custer County Court on Monday, August 3 for a status hearing on hiring his own attorney. Esch, who appeared in person, stated that he had hired criminal defense attorney James Martin Davis whose law practice operates in Omaha.
While Davis did not appear and no entry of appearance was filed, Esch stated that he had paid the retainer, but was not sure why his attorney was not present. Judge Tami Schendt stated that a preliminary hearing would be set and if it needed to be re-scheduled, Davis would need to inform the court. The preliminary hearing was set for August 14 at 10 AM.
Esch is facing alleged charges of possession of a firearm by a prohibited person (class ID felony), use of a firearm during the commission of a felony (class IC felony), and first-degree murder (class IA felony). Esch will continue to be held in the Custer County jail on no bond.
Miles Goos, 33 of Sargent, made his first appearance on alleged charges of driving under the influence of alcohol-2nd offense (class W misdemeanor), leaving the scene of an accident (class II misdemeanor), and criminal mischief-destruction of property valued over $5,000 (class IV felony). The case was set for a preliminary hearing on August 24 at 2:30 PM. Goos could face a maximum of over two years in prison and be fined over $10,000 if found guilty of all charges.
Terence McBrearty, 62 of Omaha, failed to appear in court for his first appearance on alleged charges of flight to avoid arrest (class IV felony), willful reckless driving (class III misdemeanor), no operator’s license (class III misdemeanor), fictitious plates (class III misdemeanor), operation of a motor vehicle without registration (class III misdemeanor), and possession of drug paraphernalia (infraction). Deputy County Attorney Kayla Haberstick asked the court for a bench warrant, and Judge Schendt issued the warrant for 10% of $5,000.