New charges filed in Orozco-Lopez case

Colusa County District Attorney Matthew Beauchamp added two new charges to his complaint against 62-year-old Williams Unified School Board trustee Rosa Elia Orozco-Lopez, who appeared in court on Wedensday morning for her second arraignment.

Orozco-Lopez is accused of lying about her place of residence when she filed candidacy papers in 2014 and 2016, in order to run for public office in Williams. The Colusa County District Attorney’s Office had previously charged Orozco-Lopez with two counts of perjury by declaration, one count of filing false nomination papers or a declaration of candidacy, and one count of voter registration fraud.

Orozco-Lopez previously pleaded not guilty to those charges at her first arraignment on May 1. Her lead attorney, Daniel Olmos, entered not guilty pleas to those charges on her behalf once again on Wednesday, in addition to three additional charges of fraudulent voting under the California Elections Code Section 18560.

Those charges were added after her preliminary hearing on Aug. 24, when Superior Court Judge Jeffrey A. Thompson ordered Orozco-Lopez to stand trial.

During last week’s meeting, Orozco-Lopez continued to waive time as the case proceeds to trial. Olmos said that he would need time to go through a the discovery provided by the prosecution.

“I think there’s a lot. That’s all I can say,” Olmos told Thompson. “My understanding is the contests are multiple hard-drives that are all going onto one device.”

Thompson ultimately scheduled Orozco-Lopez’s trial setting for Oct. 31 at 8:30 AM. Prior to leaving the courtroom with his client, Olmos requested an official court transcript of the preliminary hearing – which Thompson said he could pick up from the court clerk.

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Brian Pearson is the Managing Editor & Reporter for the Williams Pioneer Review. Brian joined the Williams Pioneer Review in June 2016 and is committed to bringing hyperlocal news to its readers. A few of his projects include reporting on local government and the newly feature sports page. To contact Brian about this article, or for future articles, please email him at brian@colusacountynews.net