3 Suspects Charged In Connection With Murder Of Rose Downwind

(Photo: Bemidji Police Department)

(Photo: Bemidji Police Department)

By Red Power Media, Staff

Three charged in connection with Rose Downwind murder

According to BringMeTheNews, the former boyfriend of Rose Downwind is now charged with second-degree murder in connection with her disappearance.

Downwind, a mother of five from the Bemidji area, was reported missing in October – police and investigators have searched for her since, and on Thursday reported finding a body in a shallow grave northwest of the city.

Marchello Cimmarusti – Downwind’s former boyfriend who initially told police he’d last seen her voluntarily getting into a car with someone – was charged Friday in Beltrami County. (Click here to read the criminal complaint.)

Two others – Brandon Rossbach, 31, and Christopher Davis, 27 – are charged with aiding an offender.

Marchello Anthony Cimmarusti, 40, and Christopher John Davis, 27

Left, Brandon Rossbach, 31, center, Marchello Anthony Cimmarusti, 40, and right, Christopher John Davis, 27

(WDAZ-TV) reports the murder of Downwind happened on October 20th in Bemidji, during a domestic dispute, at Cimmarusti’s home that he shared with her.

According to his confession, he was upset Downwind, was going to go to police with evidence- proving Cimmarusti violated a no contact order by showing them her cell phone.

Downwind died after being pushed down some stairs by Cimmarusti, according to court records.

Officials from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension work Thursday in a wooded area at a location northwest of Bemidji where the body believed to be that of Rose Downwind was found Wednesday. (Jillian Gandsey | Bemidji Pioneer)

Officials from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension work Thursday in a wooded area at a location northwest of Bemidji where the body believed to be that of Rose Downwind was found Wednesday. (Jillian Gandsey | Bemidji Pioneer)

Cimmarusti, according to the charges, led investigators to the spot he said they buried Downwind. Authorities found a burned body, which was exhumed and sent to the Ramsey County medical Examiner for identification.

Cimmarusti remains in jail on a bond of 1.5 million dollars. Rossbach is also in jail on a bond of 750-thousand dollars.

There is an arrest warrant still out for Davis.

Cimmarusti and Rossbach both appeared in court Friday – members of Downwind’s family filled the rows in the courtroom, the Bemidji Pioneer reports. Cimmarusti is due back in February, while Rossbach has a court date for later this month.

Downwind is the granddaughter of American Indian Movement co-founder Dennis Banks.

A Facebook page, originally titled Help Find Rose Downwind and now called Justice for Rose Downwind, has also been set up as a way to show support for the family.

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