Teens Bound Over To District Court In Ernst Murder Case

Three Sheridan teenagers were bound over to 4th Judicial District Court on Friday after they appeared in Sheridan County Circuit Court for their preliminary hearing.

Defense Attorney Tim Cotton is representing 15-year-old Dharminder Vir Sen, and he moved to close the proceedings to the public. He argued that leaving the hearing open could prejudice any possible jury and make it difficult for his client to receive a fair trial. He also argued that his client was only 15, and he intends to file a motion to transfer in District Court. If that motion were to be granted, Sen could have his case heard in juvenile court and those proceedings would not be open to the public.

Circuit Court Judge John Sampson denied the motion by saying that if there was a heightened awareness of this case, then it was too late to limit the public exposure. He saw no reason to close the case to the public.

The State called the Wyoming Department of Criminal Investigation co-lead investigator Chad Quarterman to testify. When the preliminary hearing was over, Judge Sampson ordered the defendants bound over to District Court for further action on all three counts. The three face first degree murder charges and two counts of aggravated burglary each.

An arraignment date has not been set at this time.

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