Bencoma retrial begins Monday; Rossy trial set for November

By Deb Murphy

Raymond Bencoma will be back in Inyo County court Monday for a retrial on charges that hung the jury in early May.

Bencoma was found guilty on charges of possession of firearms and ammunition by a felon, not-guilty on a charge of possession of stolen property. The hang up was on four charges of assault with a firearm on law enforcement. His defense attorney Josh Hillemeier argued Bencoma had no way of knowing officers were approaching his home on Winuba.

The prosecution will try to convince another jury he did know.

It took two and a half days to pick a jury for his fist trial, so opening arguments may not begin until Wednesday or later.

The trial of Ken Rossy is scheduled to start November 6, just short of five years since he and wife Dawndee Rossy were arrested on multiple charges related to embezzlement while Dawndee Rossy was employed by the County Department of Health and Human Services.

Ken Rossy was initially charged with grand theft, welfare fraud, criminal conspiracy and possession of controlled substances.

His wife was found guilty on 88 charges and sentenced to nine years in state prison last April.

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12 Responses to Bencoma retrial begins Monday; Rossy trial set for November

  1. Older Mammoth July 12, 2017 at 7:01 pm #

    Ken Rossy’s brother is a cop (BPD)..hmmmm

  2. What? July 1, 2017 at 6:35 pm #


    Ken Rossy is not a cop. He was involved they have him using the cards also.

  3. Maddawg June 27, 2017 at 6:50 am #

    Just wondering but why is the husband of rossy even being charged with anything when past history of females embezzeling with cops for husbands were never charged???

  4. Low-Inyo June 25, 2017 at 7:40 pm #

    Rick….He’ll be going to trial about the time his wife gets out of prison…

  5. Rick O'Brien June 24, 2017 at 8:54 pm #

    It’s the Defense Attorney(s) that drag this crap out…hoping that a prosecution witness will move away, forget, or die.. Get the situation out of the minds of the public, (the source of the jury pool) Wanna bet that Rossy #2, DOESN’T start in November ?

  6. Tinner June 23, 2017 at 2:47 pm #

    We really need to speed up the judicial process, this is beyond ridiculous…costly too.
    Criminal history should have more relevance in the courtroom, just my opinion.

    • Trouble June 24, 2017 at 7:00 am #

      Tinner, you must have more faith in our local law in for cement honesty and judgement then I do.

      • Tinner June 24, 2017 at 3:48 pm #

        I do.

      • erik simpson June 26, 2017 at 6:51 am #

        What is cement honestry?

  7. Trouble June 23, 2017 at 2:22 pm #

    I can’t stand this guy, but how do you convict a guy of assault when he never fired a shot and got shot five times? Something stinks here.

    • INYOFACE June 23, 2017 at 4:32 pm #

      Due to his long Criminal record.

    • Low-Inyo June 24, 2017 at 5:11 am #

      Trouble….I might be wrong with this one,but if you point a firearm at an officer,and don’t comply to put the weapon down,not only do you stand a good chance of getting shot,but think it can also be labeled and charged as assault on the officer too,for pointing the gun at them…


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