By Deb Murphy
Kenneth Rossy’s attorney appeared at the settlement conference last Friday at the Independence Courthouse, but no settlement was conferred and no trial date set for Rossy and his wife, Dawndee, in the couple’s embezzlement case.
The Rossy’s were arrested two years ago and charged with 135 counts including embezzlement of $1.5 million from the Inyo County Department of Health and Human Services.
Presiding Judge Phillip Argento granted Kenneth Rossy’s request to release Gerard Harvey from the case. Following a discussion in chambers, Argento explained that efforts were already in motion to replace Harvey. He also set an April 15 date for a counsel status check and a court appearance in Independence on Thursday, April 23 for “an amended complaint and other matters.”
Following the court appearance, County District Attorney Tom Hardy explained the amended complaint basically was a “cleaning up of the charges” against the Rossys.
The last trial date, Oct. 6, 2014, was vacated when Dawndee Rossy released her lawyer and requested a court-appointed attorney. Late last year, the DA’s office was anticipating a spring trial date.