Trial For Man Accused Of Murder Underway; Opening Statements Expected Wednesday

TRIAL— The trial for Trenton Esch began the morning of Tuesday, June 15 with jury selection in Custer County District Court. Esch who is accused of fatally shooting 62-year-old Crystal Esch in 2020 near Broken Bow, could face life in prison if he is found guilty of first-degree murder.

Along with the alleged murder charge, Esch is accused of use of a firearm to commit a felony (Class IC Felony) and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person (Class ID Felony) which each carries a maximum prison sentence of 50 years in jail.

Opening statements are expected to begin Wednesday morning.

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