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#sextrafficking | TODAY in COURT: Sex Trafficking Suspect Gets to Keep Lawyer, Who Faces His Own Criminal Charges; Eureka, Rio Dell Killings Also on Docket | Lost Coast Outpost | #tinder | #pof | #match | romancescams | #scams


Anderson (left) and Acosta.

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Despite
facing his own criminal charges, attorney Michael Acosta will
continue to defend sex-trafficking suspect David Anderson II.


This
morning Judge Timothy Canning denied the prosecution’s motion to
disqualify Acosta, who has been charged with selling drugs out of his
home in Eureka.


During
the hearing, streamed live from the courthouse, Anderson told the
judge he “definitely” wants Acosta to continue as his lawyer. And
Canning noted that under the law, “the presumption is that the
defendant’s chosen counsel should not be relieved.”


Canning
did say he was concerned about some of Acosta’s behavior, including
leaving a disc with confidential information in a place where it
could have been found by members of the public.


The
court had appointed Deputy Conflict Counsel April Van Dyke to discuss
the issue with Anderson and advise him on the risks and benefits
should he choose to keep Acosta. Van Dyke told the judge this morning
that she had discussed the motion to disqualify with Anderson.


Anderson,
48, has already been convicted once of sex-trafficking a teenage
girl. He was arrested again in December 2018 after a Eureka
16-year-old reported Anderson had raped, sodomized and forcibly
orally copulated her. Anderson also allegedly forced or persuaded the
girl to engage in prostitution.


Anderson
faces life in prison if convicted of all charges. His preliminary
hearing is set for June 8.

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Another
preliminary hearing scheduled for June is that of Pamela Millsap,
accused of shooting her 17-year-old son to death in February at their
Union Street home.


This
morning Judge Kaleb Cockrum rescheduled Millsap’s preliminary
hearing, which had been set for today, for June 16.


Millsap,
38, is charged with voluntary manslaughter, child abuse and a weapons
allegation. She shot her son with a shotgun while his 10-year-old
sister was in the residence.


Deputy
Conflict Counsel April Van Dyke, representing Millsap, has filed a
so-called “827 petition” seeking the boy’s criminal record as a
juvenile. He was killed just days before his 18th birthday.


Hours
after Millsap’s arrest the Union Street home caught fire, causing
heavy damage and killing a cat and some pet mice. Fire officials said
the blaze was caused by combustibles left too near a heater.

PREVIOUSLY: 

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A
new attorney was appointed today for Alma Ahumada-Mendoza, charged
with being an after-the-fact accessory to an August murder in Rio
Dell.


Judge
Larry Killoran appointed Lake County lawyer Thomas Feimer to
represent Ahumada-Mendoza, who was traveling with alleged killer
Demetrius Coleman when they were both arrested in North Dakota.


Both
the Public Defender’s Office and private attorney Russ Clanton
declared a conflict of interest and had to step down.


Clanton
said this morning there are some “urgencies in this case,” though
he didn’t specify. Clanton told Feimer, who appeared by video, that
he would discuss the issues with him.


Coleman
allegedly shot Johnny Mack Renfro on a Rio Dell street. The shooting
was captured on video.


As
of now, the preliminary hearing for Coleman and Ahumada-Mendoza
remains set for July 28. Coleman’s attorney is Andrea Sullivan,
also from Lake County.

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