Court Roundup: Abuse trial reset to June; manslaughter case delayed
A new trial date of June 22 has been set for a father and caregiver accused of abusing a severely handicapped woman.
Nevada County Superior Court Judge Robert Tamietti declared a mistrial earlier this month in the case of Raymond Gamache Jr. and Dawn Renee Anderson, who are being tried together on charges of dependent adult abuse likely to cause great bodily harm.
The decision followed legal wrangling over whether the two defendants could be tried for “causing” or simply “permitting” the bodily harm suffered by the alleged victim, definitions that carry differing burdens of proof.
The alleged victim, Tracy Gamache, has cerebral palsy and is severely physically and mentally handicapped. Her father, Raymond Gamache, and Anderson were arrested after Nevada County sheriff’s deputies conducted a welfare check at their trailer home in Penn Valley on March 24, 2009.
They were acting on an anonymous tip that Tracy Gamache was being physically abused and neglected by her father and had been tied up in the past while the father left the residence to go to a casino, Sheriff Keith Royal said at the time of the arrests.
Tracy Gamache allegedly was found sitting in a chair outside, unattended. Deputies allegedly found the living conditions inside the trailer where the trio were living to be “deplorable.”
A hearing has been set for 1:30 p.m. Thursday in which Tamietti will hear a motion by Deputy District Attorney Katie Francis to amend the complaint. He also will rule on pleas of “once in jeopardy” that argue the two defendants cannot be tried again for the same offense.
— A May trial date for Edward Andersen, the Grass Valley man charged with gross vehicular manslaughter, was vacated in Nevada County Superior Court Monday, due to a scheduling conflict. Andersen’s trial now is set to begin Aug. 17 and is expected to last about five days. A pre-trial conference was set for 9 a.m. July 9.
Andersen allegedly drank the equivalent of 12 shots of whiskey on March 12, 2009, before he got behind the wheel and lost control of his vehicle on Highway 49 at Brewer Road. Andersen’s vehicle crossed the yellow line and struck Klaus Sievert’s vehicle head-on, killing him instantly, according to witnesses.
— David Bledsoe, of North San Juan, was in court Monday on a probation check after pleading no contest to felony assault. Bledsoe was sentenced to one year in jail after stabbing his brother seven times on Feb. 19, 2009. His brother suffered stab wounds to the chest, abdomen and throat.
He was sentenced July 17, 2009, to one year in jail with 222 days credit for time served and good behavior. He received five years probation and must participate in mental health counseling and comply with an order to take prescription medications.
Monday, Bledsoe told Tamietti he had been attending Turning Point and was doing very well. He also said he had completed his community service. He next will be in court April 30.
To contact Staff Writer Liz Kellar, e-mail email@example.com or call 477-4229.
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