Court roundup: Eureka attorney shows up for court after arrest; bail denied for suspected accessory to Rio Dell homicide

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Acosta

Eureka attorney shows up for court after arrest

Eureka attorney Michael Acosta, 49, appeared in court today to represent his clients after failing to appear on their behalf shortly after he was arrested earlier this month.

Acosta was arrested Feb. 4 on suspicion of drug and firearm trafficking, along with five other individuals. Following his arrest, Acosta failed to appear in court to represent his clients, including David Anderson, 48, who is being held on suspicion of sex trafficking. Acosta did, however, appear today.

Acosta posted bail Feb. 4 and will be arraigned March 11.

Ahumada-Mendoza

Bail denied for suspected accessory to Rio Dell homicide

A 22-year-old Rio Dell woman accused of being an accessory to murder was denied release today.

Judge Lawren Killoran said supervised release was denied for Alma Ahumada-Mendoza, who is charged with being an accessory to the shooting death of Johnny Renfro, 26, of Rio Dell, on Aug. 29. Demetrius Coleman, 39, of Eureka, was arrested on suspicion of committing the murder late last month in North Dakota.

Deputy Public Defender David Celli said there may be a motion to continue the preliminary hearing scheduled for Feb. 24.

Deputy District Attorney Carolyn Schaffer also said evidence was coming in and attorneys would likely need substantial time to review it.

Coleman was arrested in late January in New Rockford, North Dakota, and Ahumada-Mendoza was arrested a couple days later in Fargo, North Dakota.

Ahumada-Mendoza is being held on $500,000 bond.

Anderson

Long-delayed preliminary hearing pushed back

A man who was arrested on suspicion of human trafficking shortly after being released for similar charges has had his preliminary hearing pushed back again.

David Anderson, 48, was arrested on Dec. 11, 2018, on suspicion of committing five felonies and six special allegations related to rape, kidnapping, human trafficking and a probation violation from a previous conviction on similar charges. Anderson’s preliminary hearing, which was set for Feb. 20, was pushed back to March 12 during an intervention hearing today.

Anderson was convicted in 2014 for drugging and raping a minor after reaching a plea deal.

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