Accused Downwind accomplice requests venue change: Attorneys want Brandon Rossbach's trial moved to Twin Cities area
BEMIDJI -- Attorneys for a Bemidji man accused of helping burn and bury the body of Rose Downwind have requested a change of venue for his jury trial due to extensive media coverage of Downwind’s killing and widespread sympathy for the Redby woman’s family.
Brandon Rossbach, 31, is charged with one count of aiding an offender in connection with Downwind’s murder, for which her former boyfriend Marchello Cimmarusti pleaded guilty in April. Cimmarusti told the court that after he “lost control and snapped,” killing Downwind, he contacted his friend Christopher John Davis, also charged with aiding an offender.
After Davis drove to Bemidji from his home in the Twin Cities and went into the basement of the home where Downwind was killed, he then left and returned with Rossbach, Cimmarusti said. According to Cimmarusti, the three men took Downwind’s body northwest of Bemidji where they burned and buried it.