The trial setting for 62-year-old Williams Unified School Board trustee Rosa Elia Orozco-Lopez has been continued to December, after her lead attorney requested more time to go through the discovery provided by the Colusa County District Attorney’s Office.

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 District Attorney’s office initially charged her 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. Colusa County Superior Court Judge Jeffrey A. Thompson ordered Orozco-Lopez to stand trial during a preliminary hearing on Aug. 24. District Attorney Matthew Beauchamp filed three additional charges of fraudulent voting after the preliminary hearing. Orozco-Lopez has pleaded not guilty to all charges. 

Orozco-Lopez appeared in person with her lead attorney, Daniel Olmos, on Oct. 31, when Olmos requested the continuance. Olmos asked for at least 30 days to go through “nearly a terabyte” of discovery from four electronic devices. Thompson continued the trial setting hearing until Dec. 12. ■

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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