Jury trial underway in Timber Lake this week

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Jury trial underway in Timber Lake this week

Welcome fall

A friendly scarecrow welcomes fall at Biegler’s Timber Lake Service. It’s been a wetter than usual fall at the Timber Lake area received 3.88 inches of rain in September and is 9.48 inches above normal for the year.

Thirteen people (12 jurors and one alternate) were seated Tuesday as a civil trial began in Fourth Circuit Court in Timber Lake with Judge Michael Day presiding.

The case was filed in 2014 by Jerry Hamersley and his wife Wanda Hamersley of Oklahoma against Lindskov Ranch General Partnership of Isabel and Kempton Olney, a former employee of the Lindskovs, alleging personal injury to Mr. Hamersley.

The matter being disputed occurred on November 17, 2011 at the Lindskov feed lot 15 miles north of Isabel, on the old Mick Jung place, where some hay bales were being loaded onto one of Hamersley’s semis.

The plaintiffs were represented by attorney Nathan Oviatt of Rapid City, and the defendants were represented by attorney John Burke, also of Rapid City.

On Tuesday morning, Judge Day gave instructions to the 28 potential jurors who reported. Nineteen were called to the jury box, where the attorneys each questioned them. Judge Day explained that, after questioning, each attorney could dismiss three jurors, leaving 13 to hear the case.



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