Courts mum on progress of Roller Bruner grand jury
Details of the work of a to investigate the November murder of a Silverthorne mother of three will not be released to the public, officials said, citing court rules that require secrecy.
Stephanie Roller Bruner’s death, ruled a homicide in which her is the key suspect, will be investigated by a jury in closed session, but until the panel reaches a decision, information, including dates and times the jury convenes, will not be made public.
District Attorney Mark Hurlbert said meetings of the grand jury are always closed, “to protect witnesses so that they can testify truthfully without fear of reprisal (and) to protect the suspect. If a person is a suspect and (the grand jury hearings) are public and it turns out they’re innocent, they’re already tarred with being a suspect.” Hurlbert said Silverthorne police will continue looking into the crime while the grand jury does its own investigation and ultimately decides whether to indict Bruner or anyone else for the murder. If the jury does decide to indict, the DA will work through normal trial procedures to prosecute the suspect. Chief Judge Thomas Moorhead signed Hurlbert’s motion to convene the grand jury in January. The grand jury will meet regularly for up to 18 months before deciding the case. Hurlbert said he has only seen a grand jury called once before, and that the process is generally reserved for cases of high public interest.
Roller Bruner, 41, by her husband Nov. 23. Dale Bruner told police she had gone out for a walk the night before and never came home.
Rescue crews combed the area around her house for days before discovering her body in the Blue River Nov. 26. The preliminary autopsy indicated the cause of death was drowning and blunt force trauma. Court records show Dale Bruner and Stephanie Roller Bruner were facing marital problems in the weeks leading up to her death.Roller Bruner was issued a temporary restraining order against her husband in October. The restraining order was revoked a few weeks later at the request of both Stephanie Roller Bruner and Dale Bruner.Roller Bruner filed for divorce on Nov. 1.
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