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Voeller trial goes to jury

By Staff | Sep 23, 2009

The trial of a Rugby in-home daycare provider charged with eight felony counts of child abuse-neglect went to a jury of seven men and five women to begin deliberation on Friday afternoon, Sept. 25.

Lori A. Voeller, Rugby, is accused of allegedly causing the abuse to eight children, ranging in age from four months to five years, over a period of several years at the daycare she operated.

The trial before NE District Judge John McClintock, of Rugby, got underway with jury selection on Sept. 21 and continued throughout the week. The state called several witnesses, including BCI special agent Craig Zachmeier, a handful of children who were alledgedly abused, and some of the parents of the children.

The defense’s case included testimony from Voeller herself. She was on the witness stand for the better part of the morning of Sept. 25, fielding direct questions from her attorney, Alex Reichart, Grand Forks; and cross examination from Jonathan Byers, from the N.D. Attorney General’s office. Following one rebuttal witness called by Byers, the jury heard closing statements.

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