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Accused Downwind accomplice pleads not guilty

BEMIDJI—A Bemidji man accused of helping burn and bury the body of Rose Downwind pleaded not guilty to aiding an offender Tuesday.

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.


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