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TODAY in COURT: Date Set for Attorney's Suit Against Judge for Alleged Abuse; Rio Dell Murder Suspect Heading to Trial Next Month | Lost Coast Outpost

A
deputy public defender’s lawsuit against Judge Gregory Elvine-Kreis
won’t go to trial until next June.

This
afternoon Mendocino County Judge Ann Moorman set a June 7 trial date
for the civil case, in which Deputy Public Defender Rory Kalin
alleges the judge called him “Jew Boy” and pushed him into Shasta
Lake. The alleged incident occurred during a houseboat party during
Memorial Day weekend in 2019.

Eureka
attorney Patrik Griego, representing Elvine-Kreis, was hoping for a
trial in March because the judge “wants to see this resolved as
soon as possible.” But Kalin’s new attorney, Jonathan Hornberger,
said he just received the case on July 24 and can’t be ready until
June or July 2021.

“We’re
just getting our feet under us,” said Hornberger, whose firm is in
southern California.

He
replaces attorney Cyndy Day-Wilson, who according to Griego had
refused repeated requests for information on the case. Griego had
asked for sanctions against Day-Wilson, but he dropped that request
today because the new lawyer has agreed to provide the
information.
“He
doesn’t think we need to fight about this,” Griego said.

Through
Griego, Elvine-Kreis has denied verbally or physically assaulting
Kalin. Two other deputy public defenders have backed up the judge’s
denial.

Kalin,
however, stands by his account of being taunted and thrown into the
water. He says the unwanted dip exacerbated an earlier head injury,
and he now suffers from seizures, anxiety and panic attacks.

Today
Moorman said she’s unsure how the Covid-19 pandemic has affected
jury selection in Humboldt County.

“I’d
like to think things will be back to pre-Covid era by June,” she
said. “But I’m not banking on it.”

Moorman
also encouraged attorneys to discuss resolving the case before
trial.
Kalin
is on leave from his job at the Public Defender’s Office.
Elvine-Kreis remains on the bench.

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In
other trial-setting news, drive-by murder suspect Demetrius Coleman
is scheduled for trial in late September.
This
morning Judge Timothy Canning set a Sept. 28 trial date for Coleman,
accused of shooting 26-year-old Johnny Mack Renfro to death in August
2019. Coleman is charged with murder and the special “Use a Gun and
You’re Done” allegation that can mean an additional life term if
the defendant is convicted of murder.

Coleman,
40, and his 23-year-old girlfriend Alma Ahumada Mendoza were arrested
in North Dakota several months after Renfro was killed on a Rio Dell
street. Ahumada Mendoza was charged with being an accessory to the
murder, but Canning dismissed that charge after a preliminary hearing
last month.

Although
no motive for the killing has been established, the prosecution
suspects Coleman believed Renfro was one of three men who robbed him
of marijuana. Coleman allegedly followed Renfro to Rio Dell, then
shot Renfro as he was standing next to his blue Jeep on Monument
Drive. The shooting was captured on a neighbor’s surveillance
camera, although the shooter can’t be identified in the video.

Coleman
is represented by attorney Andrea Sullivan. Deputy District Attorney
Carolyn Schaffer is the assigned prosecutor.

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Trial
will most likely be delayed for David Bernard Anderson, charged with
the forcible rape, sodomy and sex-trafficking of a 16-year-old Eureka
girl.

For
now Anderson’s trial is set for Aug. 17, but this morning defense
attorney Michael Acosta told Judge Timothy Canning he will be filing
a motion to continue, along with a motion to dismiss the
sex-trafficking charge. After a preliminary hearing last month,
Canning said there was not enough evidence to hold Anderson to answer
on the trafficking allegation. But the District Attorney’s Office
has refiled the charge.

The
teenager told police that during the incident when she was sexually
assaulted, Anderson told her he could make a lot of money as her
pimp. The girl fled Anderson’s Eureka apartment when he left to go
buy her some cigarettes.

Anderson’s
next hearing is set for Wednesday. He has already served prison time
for sex-trafficking a teenage girl in Humboldt County.