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Jan 24, 2012 5:40 PM by Andy Koen

Judge criticizes detectives, denies motion to dismiss

The father of a girl who's body was found buried in the crawlspace of a home in Monument will stand trial next week for her murder.

Last week, defense attorneys representing Hanif Sims filed a motion to dismiss the case after the court determined that the two lead detectives in the case made false statements regarding a confession Sims supposedly gave while in custody at a jail in Henderson, Nevada.

In his written ruling Monday, District Court Judge David Miller criticized the detectives saying, "there are serious issues as to their credibility."

However, he denied the motion, allowing the trial to proceed because of "significant other evidence" in the case that little or nothing to do with the police investigation.

The body of Genesis Sims was discovered in May of 2010 in a home in Monument where the family had previously lived. Sims' former girlfriend Monique Lynch pleaded guilty to a charge of child abuse resulting in death in August. The couple was arrested in July of 2010 in a motel in Henderson.

Jury selection is expected to begin for the trial on Monday.

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