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Givens makes first court appearance

Emily Louise Givens, 25, of Prior Lake, made a brief first court appearance Monday in McLeod County District Court.
Givens is facing a felony charge of criminal vehicular homicide resulting in death charge, a misdemeanor charge of careless driving, and a misdemeanor charge of unlawful use of a wireless communications device while driving in connection with an April accident in which Givens’ vehicle allegedly struck and killed Glencoe resident Penny Verdeck as she was riding a bicycle on a county road just north of Glencoe.
Judge Terrence Conkel, who presided over Monday’s hearing, said he will recuse himself from future hearings because he knows Verdeck’s husband.
An omnibus hearing was set for Oct. 30 in front of Judge Timothy Looby, who normally presides in Sibley County. A jury trial was set for Dec. 15.
Givens was released on her own recognizance.