A Scotts Bluff County judge has denied the request for a new attorney in the case of a former Gering man who has been charged in the death of a two-year-old girl.
Dustin Chauncey had asked that the Nebraska Public Commission on
Public Advocacy be appointed to represent him saying his current
public defender's caseload is too heavy to adequately represent him.
Chauncey's request letter to the judge can after the trial, originally scheduled for August 5, was delayed until October to allow time for defense lawyers to prepare.
District Court Judge Leo Dobrovolny denied the request Thursday, ruling that indigent defendants can't change counsel at their own choosing.
Chauncey has pleaded not guilty to intentional child abuse resulting in the death of Juliette Geurts in July 2008.
Chauncey was dating the girl's mother, Charyse Geurts, at the time of
the incident. Geurts was also charged in the death, but charges against
her were dismissed due to the statute of limitations.
Chauncey is currently serving time in a Colorado prison on a drug conviction.
His trial is set for October 21.