Admitted Downwind murderer testifies Friday in Rossbach trial
BEMIDJI -- Marchello Cimmarusti, who admitted last April to killing his former girlfriend Rose Downwind, identified Brandon Rossbach Friday as one of two men who helped him burn and bury Downwind’s body.
Cimmarusti’s testimony, during the fourth day of Rossbach’s trial, was punctuated by multiple accusations from Rossbach’s attorney Kassius Benson that Cimmarusti was lying. Cimmarusti first named Rossbach as an accomplice in December; Rossbach has maintained his innocence ever since.
Rossbach, 32, of Bemidji is charged with one count of aiding an offender in connection with Downwind’s death. He was arrested Dec. 9, 2015, shortly after Cimmarusti confessed to killing Downwind, 31, of Redby. In his guilty plea, Cimmarusti said that Rossbach and Christopher Davis, 28, of St. Paul helped him transport Downwind’s body to an area northwest of Bemidji where they burned and buried it.