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Geurts arraignment will be postponed until January

The arraignment of a 14-year-old Claremont boy accused of his sister’s murder has been pushed to late January.

Judge Wade Olson of the Pomona Superior Court pushed the hearing for Nathaniel Geurts, on request from counsel, to January 26, 2016. This is the second time the arraignment hearing has been rescheduled.

Clad in an orange prison jumpsuit and shackled at the arms and ankles, the suspect appeared before the court, looking straight ahead as Judge Olson spoke with him. When Judge Olson asked if he would waive his right to a speedy preliminary hearing due to the arraignment being pushed, he replied, “Yes, your honor.”

The suspect’s lawyer, Daniel G. Davis, referred to the defendant’s young age and argued that the notion of him being tried as an adult was “unconstitutional.”

Judge Olson disagreed. “The state of the law is exactly where he is right now,” he said.

The boy has been charged with murder in the death of his 15-year-old sister, Aspen Geurts, on November 4. According to Lt. Mike Ciszek, the teen allegedly stabbed his sister in the chest with a kitchen knife in the backyard of their home, located on the 300 block of Andover Drive.

The suspect is currently being held on $10 million bail. His next appearance will be at the Pomona Superior Court.

—Matthew Bramlett

news@claremont-courier.com

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