Dawndee Rossy trial starts Monday

By Deb Murphy

Nearly three years after her arrest on embezzlement charges, Dawndee Rossy will go to trial this Monday at the Independence Court House.

Dawndee Rossy

Dawndee Rossy

Dawndee and Kenneth Rossy were arrested on 44 felony charges April 11, 2013 but opted to be tried separately. Dawndee Rossy, represented by David Evans, also waived her right to a jury trial. Appointed Judge Phillip Argento will hear the case.

The primary charge is embezzlement of $1.5 million from Inyo County Department of Health and Human Services where Rossy was employed.

According to District Attorney Tom Hardy, the first day of trial will primarily be organizational and pre-trial motions. The real work of trying the case will start Tuesday.

A court trial “is the same process as a jury trial,” Hardy said. “It’s a little more relaxed pace.” But the presumed innocent until proven guilty and reasonable doubt criterion are the same.

He went on to describe the case as complex. “It’s going to be a difficult trial. The evidence is detailed and tedious.”


10 Responses to Dawndee Rossy trial starts Monday

  1. Kate January 27, 2016 at 11:28 pm #

    It was supposed to be a long trial but now that its not going to jury deliberation it will hopefully be much shorter. Should be interesting. I see that many of these people in the paper that have been arrested for embezzlement seem to plead guilty and reach a plea bargain agreement. We’ll see ….

  2. Roy January 25, 2016 at 7:12 am #

    Having investigated many major fraud cases during my career, its good to see this case will be heard by the court and not a jury…In my experience in complicated fraud cases most jurors can’t even balance their checkbooks, and we expect them to understand the complicated paper trail of evidence that points to a suspect being guilty…

    • Tinner January 25, 2016 at 2:53 pm #

      Better late than never…I guess.
      Let’s hope for no more delays, but I wont bet on it.

  3. Trouble January 25, 2016 at 5:33 am #

    She’ll probably be your next bank teller, knowing Bishop.

  4. Warpaint January 25, 2016 at 4:30 am #

    Is this the same Rick OB who insulted women on here about not drinking the embezzelment water?

    We all know by now that low-inyo just enjoys posting comments well, because he just likes to. And that is definitely legal..?

    Innocent till proven guilty my fellow Americans. In fact the D.A. mentioned that in story (above)

    Remember they had a woman in custody for 14 days because they couldn’t read a fingerprint machine. So….you never know!

    • Low-Inyo January 25, 2016 at 2:52 pm #

      fingerpaint…..We’ll see how this one turns out IF it does indeed go to trial when said……you a bettin’ man ?

      • Warpaint January 27, 2016 at 8:05 pm #

        Low inyo- since the trial is still in progress I’ll take your bet and would like to have you buy me a doughnut instead of ten dollars.

        Rick O’B I was hoping the smiley face would have let you know I was just having a little fun with both of you two.

    • Rick OB January 25, 2016 at 9:02 pm #

      Is this the same Warpaint that doesn’t know the difference between a comment made in jest as opposed to a serious one ? Is this the same warpaint that has no sense of humor and is just a stick in the mud ? (Another humorous analogy in case you HAVE to be told)

  5. Rick OB January 24, 2016 at 9:23 pm #

    I can’t believe it ! FINALLY It’s time to pay the piper.

  6. Low-Inyo January 24, 2016 at 1:59 pm #

    ten dollars to a donut,after the “organizational and pre-trial motions “, the actual trial will once again be postponed for God knows how long this time….and once the trial finally does get under way,if found guilty,the appeals will start,and probably delaying anytype of sentencing or restitution for years to come.


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