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DA continues to pursue trafficking charge against Eureka man

Despite a judge deciding there wasn’t enough evidence to pursue the charge at preliminary hearing, the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office is continuing to pursue a sex trafficking charge against a Eureka man accused of raping a minor.

For that reason, defense attorney Michael Acosta said he wasn’t ready to proceed to trial, set to begin Aug. 17, because he needed more time to file a motion to dismiss the charge of trafficking a minor for sex against David Bernard Anderson II, 49. At the preliminary hearing Judge Christopher Wilson said there was enough evidence to hold Anderson on four charges — two charges of rape, one charge of forcibly sodomizing a minor and one charge of forcing a minor to perform oral sex on or about Nov. 7 through Nov. 8, 2018 — but there wasn’t adequate evidence to show Anderson had the intent to commit human trafficking.

“Trial preparation is nearly complete, but we also have to file a 995 motion,” Acosta said. (A 995 motion seeks to dismiss one or more of the charges.) “The people have added Count 1 back into this matter and I think it would be prudent for me to request a short-set, about 30 days, to complete what is necessary for his defense.”

Acosta didn’t have a written motion to continue, which Deputy District Attorney Stacey Eads said would help her get a better understanding of what kind of dates Acosta preferred and communicate what was going on to the victim’s family.

Judge Timothy Canning set a further trial confirmation for 8:30 a.m. Wednesday to give Acosta the opportunity to file a written motion to postpone the trial.

Eureka man pleads not guilty in Rio Dell homicide

A Eureka man accused of fatally shooting a man in Rio Dell a year ago pleaded not guilty to the charges against him following a preliminary hearing, during which the charges against his codefendant were dropped for lack of evidence.

Demetrius Coleman, 39, pleaded not guilty to the murder of 26-year-old Johnny Renfro on Aug. 29, 2019, through his attorney Andrea Sullivan. Following the preliminary hearing, Judge Timothy Canning dropped the charges against Coleman’s codefendant and added that the evidence against Coleman was weak, though it was enough to move forward with charges.

A murder weapon couldn’t be determined because the bullets that were shot at Renfro were too fragmented, but the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office presented video evidence against Coleman. The footage showed a green Honda Accord, that was traced back to Coleman, drive by Renfro’s property once before driving by a second time at which point Renfro was shot in the abdomen from the vehicle.

The jury trial is set for 9:15 a.m. Sept. 28 with a trial confirmation set for 8:30 a.m. Sept. 9.

Sonia Waraich can be reached at 707-441-0506.


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