The West Central Tribune reports that the jury trial of Eugene Otto Zumhofe on criminal sexual conduct charges for molesting a young woman has been set for Wednesday, following Judge David Mennis' denial of a request for a continuance.
According to 2013 reports, the victim is Zumhofe's daughter, now grown and married.
The Tribune's Gretchen Schlosser writes in Zumhofe continuance request denied, trial to start Wednesday:
A continuance request by a 62-year-old Cyrus facing criminal sexual conduct charges for molesting a young woman over a period of years was denied Thursday afternoon in Kandiyohi County District Court.District Judge David Mennis denied the request by Eugene Otto Zumhofe, who is scheduled for a jury trial starting Wednesday and continuing through March 7.
Zumhofe faces 12 felony counts of first- and third-degree criminal sexual conduct for having sexual contact with the young woman approximately 1,800 times between 1999 and 2011.
Zumhofe had previously made a speedy trial request, to have the trial within 60 days.
He waived that right at the hearing and noted that the friend working as his investigator needed more time to find everyone he wished to call as witnesses.
Assistant County Attorney Nathan Midolo objected to the request, noting that the case has been continued numerous times and that the state has witnesses coming from four states, including some who are flying in and have booked tickets and made motel reservations. . . .
Check out all of Schlosser's article for more details.
Photo: Zumhofe's mug shot, 2013.
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