Court delays trial again
The trial for an Oliver man accused of providing vodka and marijuana to teen girls and sexually assaulting one of them was postponed Monday in Douglas County Circuit Court.
The delay allows the court to address a motion to dismiss one of the charges and provide time for DNA testing.
Michael Milan Jurovich, 43, faces charges of sexual assault of a child, child enticement and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a child for alleged incidents in June and July.
He is accused of calling a teenage neighbor and inviting her and a friend to his house to smoke marijuana. He is also accused of providing marijuana and vodka to two 15-year-old girls on two separate occasions.
Jurovich was released on a $3,000 signature bond after his initial appearance July 30, according to court records.
At the preliminary hearing in August, Court Commissioner Paul Baxter found the casual way the teen witnesses discussed marijuana and alcohol use "stunning."
"I'm sure as parents you're both surprised and frightened to hear these kind of things," he told those in the courtroom.
The sexual assault charge was added two weeks after the preliminary hearing.
A motion to dismiss the newest charge was thrown into the mix Monday by Jurovich's attorney, Richard Gondik. He argues that the sex assault charge is not supported by information in the criminal complaint or by testimony at the preliminary hearing. That violates Jurovich's 5th, 6th and 14th Amendment rights, the motion states.
In addition, the state is seeking a DNA sample from Jurovich, which will take time to process.
Judge Michael Lucci rescheduled the trial for May. This is the second time the case has been postponed. The original trial date in October was nixed when Gondik declared his intent to seek a dismissal and District Attorney Dan Blank did not oppose rescheduling.
The Oliver man was jailed in the Twin Cities at the time, court records show.
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