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Summit County: Court grants NBC request for expanded coverage of upcoming Bruner murder trial

Outside cameras won’t be permitted in courtroom, and judge outlines other restrictions on coverage in July 6 order

By Bob Berwyn

SUMMIT COUNTY — Expanded media coverage will be allowed — but no outside TV cameras will be permitted inside the Summit County courthouse during the upcoming trial of Dale Bruner, following a request for expanded media access by NBC News/Dateline NBC.

In the trial, scheduled to start July 16, Bruner faces second-degree murder, first-degree assault and tampering with evidence charges in  the death of his wife, Stephanie Roller Bruner, whose body was found in the Blue River in November, 2010. Continue reading

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Summit County: Grand jury to investigate 2006 Keystone drowning death in addition to Stephanie Roller Bruner case

A rarely convened grand jury will investigate a 2006 drowning death that ocurred in Keystone Lake. IMAGE COURTESY GOOGLE MAPS.

Local grand jury convening for only the second time in about 40 years

By Bob Berwyn

SUMMIT COUNTY — In addition to investigating the death of Stephanie Roller Bruner, a grand jury being convened in the Colorado Fifth Judicial District will also investigate the 2006 death of Roberto Acosta-Reyes, who drowned in Keystone Lake after an end-of-season employee party.

The Summit County Sheriff’s Office investigated the death, focusing on three different men as potential witnesses who where with Acosta-Reyes the night he died. But law enforcement officials were never able to solve the case, District Attorney Mark Hurlbert said at a Summit County commissioner work session.

At the time, the sheriff’s office said it didn’t believe foul play was involved in the death, but Hurlbert said the new grand jury will investigate further. Continue reading

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