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Dramatic Moment As Prosecution Rests Its Case In Troy Kelley Trial

Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley in a photo his office posted to social media January 16, 2015.
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Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley in a photo his office posted to social media January 16, 2015.

The prosecution has rested its case in the trial of Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley and the defense called its first witness Wednesday morning. But before that came a dramatic courtroom moment.

Right after the government rested and the jury had left the room, defense attorney Angelo Calfo moved to have the majority of the 16-count indictment against Kelley dismissed. Calfo accused the prosecution of putting forth shifting theories of the case and failing to prove that Kelley stole millions of dollars in homeowner fees, laundered the money and lied about it.

It was a moment reminiscent of Calfo’s failed attempt five weeks ago to get the judge to declare a mistrial. Once again, the judge was unpersuaded. He told Calfo that on the whole, “I am satisfied that there is an abundance of evidence of possession and concealment of stolen property.”

The jury is likely to get the case next week.

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Since January 2004, Austin Jenkins has been the Olympia-based political reporter for the Northwest News Network. In that position, Austin covers Northwest politics and public policy as well as the Washington State legislature. You can also see Austin on television as host of TVW's (the C–SPAN of Washington State) Emmy-nominated public affairs program "Inside Olympia." Prior to joining the Northwest News Network, Austin worked as a television reporter in Seattle, Portland and Boise. Austin is a graduate of Garfield High School in Seattle and Connecticut College in New London, Connecticut. Austin’s reporting has been recognized with awards from the Association of Capitol Reporters and Editors, Public Radio News Directors Incorporated and the Society of Professional Journalists.
Austin Jenkins
Since January 2004, Austin Jenkins has been the Olympia-based political reporter for the Northwest News Network. In that position, Austin covers Northwest politics and public policy, as well as the Washington State Legislature. You can also see Austin on television as host of TVW's (the C–SPAN of Washington State) Emmy-nominated public affairs program "Inside Olympia."