Couple accused of felony child endangerment will be tried together

BY DI STAFF | AUGUST 28, 2012 6:30 AM

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A couple accused of felony child endangerment in connection with death of 20-month-old child are scheduled to be tried together.

Johnson County prosecutor Janet Lyness said that the pair would be tried together unless the defense prevents it.

“Our intent is to try them together,” she said. “The defense could file a motion to separate, but they have not.”

According to online court documents, Jorge Perez’s pretrial conference is scheduled for Nov. 11 at 1:30 p.m. with a trial to follow at 9 a.m. Dec. 11. Mireya Balderas was previously scheduled for those same dates and times. Both have also waived their right to a speedy trial.

Perez was originally charged with child endangerment with no injury, an aggravated misdemeanor, but prosecutors dismissed this charge in July.

-by Brent Griffiths

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