Grand jury to convene on death of Hanes kidnapper
By Russ Pankonin
The Imperial Republican
Kearney attorney Charles Brewster, who has been appointed as a special prosecutor, will conduct a grand jury investigation today( Thursday) into the Aug. 25 death of kidnapper Dwayne Lawrence, 38, of Lincoln.
Lawrence died in a corn field northwest of Imperial Sunday, Aug. 25, as the result of a self-inflicted gunshot to the head.
His death ended a 33-hour kidnapping ordeal that began in Lincoln when Lawrence kidnapped his wife, Julie Hanes, 38, an Imperial native.
The kidnapping spurred a statewide manhunt for the couple, who were later located in the Imperial area Aug. 25.
Local, county and state law enforcement agencies converged on the corn field where they believed Lawrence was hiding, with Hanes as his captive.
Because Lawrence died with law enforcement agencies at the scene trying to procure his arrest, state law requires that a grand jury investigation into the death be held.
County Clerk Debbie Clark said 16 jurors and three alternates will sit on the grand jury, which will be held in closed session.
During the proceedings, she noted no one will be allowed on the third floor of the courthouse where the courtroom is located.
Witnesses will be sworn in in the hall outside the court room to ensure secrecy of the grand jury proceedings.
She also noted no photos can be taken in the building during the grand jury process.