Third Suspect In Rose Downwind Murder Case Arrested

Marchello Anthony Cimmarusti, 40, and Christopher John Davis, 27, charged in the Rose Downwind case.

Marchello Anthony Cimmarusti, 40, and Christopher John Davis, 27, charged in Rose Downwind case.

By Red Power Media, Staff

The two month manhunt for murder suspect Christopher Davis is over.

He was being sought for aiding an offender.

Davis, 27, was wanted for allegedly helping his cousin, 40 year old Marchello Cimmarusti, dispose of 31 year old Rose Downwind’s body near Bemidji Minnesota, back in October.

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

According to Duluth News Tribune, Davis, was booked last Wednesday into the Beltrami County Jail, and appeared Thursday in 9th District Court for an arraignment hearing.

The arrest comes almost two months after a warrant was issued for Davis, after his cousin told police of his involvement after Downwind’s death.

During Davis’ appearance in court, Beltrami County Attorney Annie Claesson-Huseby requested bail to be set at $1 million because of the state’s concern of public safety and flight of prosecution. Davis was located in Waller County, Texas, and had been seeking a new passport, Claesson-Huseby said during the hearing.

Bail was set at for $1 million with the conditions that Davis is to have no contact with Cimmarusti or the second suspect in the case, Brandon Rossbach, 31. Additionally, Davis would not be able to leave Minnesota, and he must surrender his passport if he has one. Bail with no conditions was set at $1.2 million. Davis’ next hearing is set for March 7.

Cimmarusti has been charged with second-degree intentional murder after initially being charged with second-degree murder without intent. The charge was changed when an amended criminal complaint was filed on Feb. 1, which included an autopsy report that stated Downwind died because of ligature strangulation.

If convicted, Cimmarusti faces a maximum of 40 year in prison, while Davis and Rossbach both face a maximum of 20 years for the charge of aiding an offender. Cimmarusti is being held in the Hubbard County Jail and is scheduled for an omnibus hearing on Feb. 18, while Rossbach is being held in the Beltrami County Jail and has a court date set for Feb. 22.

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2 thoughts on “Third Suspect In Rose Downwind Murder Case Arrested

  1. I`m glad they found all those involved.Still don`t bring back this young lady at least they don`t have to worry about those involved getting away with this terrible crime.Blessings to the family,children and parents !

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