By Dan Nienaber
Free Press Staff Writer
GAYLORD — A September trial date has been tentatively set for a 29-year-old Missouri woman facing first-degree murder charges in Sibley County.
Amy Ann Romero, formerly known as Amy Aune, is accused of leaving her newborn to die in a woods near Henderson more than a decade ago. She was arrested in January, but authorities have revealed few details about what they believe happened to justify the charges.
Romero was indicted by a grand jury in early January. Grand jury proceedings are secret, so Sibley County Attorney David Schauer said he can’t reveal what evidence was presented, such as whether remains were found or how police became aware of the child’s death.
Anthony Nerud, Romero’s attorney, said he has received a copy of the grand jury transcript and a list of what exhibits were presented. He will be reviewing that information and considering whether any motions before the trial is scheduled to start on Sept. 11.
Nerud said he didn’t want to comment about the case at this point.
“It’s still developing,” he said.
A May 15 deadline for motions has been set by Sibley County District Court Judge Thomas McCarthy. If any motions are filed, Romero’s next hearing will be June 1, Schauer said.
Romero was living in Breckenridge, Mo., when she was arrested at a residence in Milan, Mo., a town about 60 miles northeast of Breckenridge where she had been employed.
She is originally from the Henderson area and was living near there when she allegedly gave birth to a girl, identified in the indictment as Ava Juanita Aune, on April 8, 2001. Romero is accused of bringing the child into a woods near her residence and leaving it there to die.
Romero has waived her right to a speedy trial. She has not been released from jail.