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(Neb.)-Panhandle Man Waives Jury Trial In Passenger's Death

By: Roxie Graham-Marski Posted at: 04/19/2012 05:40 PM

     SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. (AP) - A Nebraska Panhandle man charged with
vehicular homicide and manslaughter in the death of a passenger
wants his case to be heard by a judge, not a jury.
     Nineteen-year-old Bryan Bloom, of Henry, waived his right to a jury
trial during a pre-trial conference on Thursday in Scotts Bluff County
District Court.
     Bloom was driving a van to Torrington, Wyo., on June 20, 2011,
when a passenger, 18-year-old Johrdan Stone, stuck his head out the
window and was hit by a road sign.
     Bloom told police he didn't know Stone had been hurt until they
arrived at a home in Torrington. Stone died of neck and head
injuries.
     Officials say Bloom was driving drunk. Court documents show
Stone also had been drinking.
    
     (Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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