The Deputy Geer Trial

By Rachel Meleski

The shooting and killing of officer Geer February this year continues to reside in the community as accused teen Austin Holzer’s hearings took place three days this October, starting the 3rd.

Since his arrest for first degree murder earlier this year, Holzer’s eighteenth birthday has passed, making it possible for prosecutors to charge him as an adult. Defense attorneys are attempting to move the case to juvenile court. If Holzer is charged as an adult, he faces a life sentence in prison without parole. “I think that he deserves to be tried as an adult” says Junior, Colton Arpke. Preston Cauley, Junior, agrees that there is “no reason for him not to be charged as an adult. He’s eighteen”.austin-holzer-mugshot-rachel-meleskis-story-issue-2-2017

He will be tried for 7 felonies and 7 misdemeanors total. Felonies include 1st degree murder of a peace officer, 1st Degree Assault and failure to register as a sex offender. Misdemeanors include theft and unlawfully carrying a concealed weapon.

Holzer confesses to abusing drugs, more specifically being an avid methamphetamine user, although it is unsure if he had been under the influence of any drug at the time of the shooting.

The hearings were especially difficult for the Geer family, who were present as Holzer had an “emotional outburst” and heard the 9-1-1 call, according to KKCO news.

The case is far from closed as the trial will decide the fate of Holzer.


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