One day before she is scheduled to appear at a court hearing on an Harassment Restraining Order filed against her, Dede Evavold has been caught lying in documents she submitted to a court in Dakota County.
Evavold has a court appearance tomorrow at the Dakota County Western Service Center in Apple Valley, for an evidentiary hearing on the Harassment Restraining Order (HRO) granted by a court in Dakota County.
In her Motion to Vacate the HRO filed with the court in Dakota County on Sunday, Evavold claimed she “filed a police report against David Rucki on 12/6/2017 with the Lakeville Police Dept…” According to Evavold’s motion, she filed a police report against David Rucki for “falsely reporting a crime” committed by Evavold.
In a bizarre twist, the Lakeville Police Department confirmed today that Evavold did not file a police report against David Rucki as she claimed.
Evavold has pattern of lying to law enforcement
Evavold has an extensive and documented record of making false statements to the public and lying to law enforcement.
In an interview from September 2015, Evavold told me, “I’m an honest person Michael, you’ll always get truth with me.”
The truth is that with Evavold, you get everything but the truth.
During Evavold’s criminal trial, Assistant Dakota County Attorney Kathy Keena provided the jury with numerous examples of how Evavold withheld information from law enforcement and the girls’ father about the location of the missing sisters and lied about her involvement in their disappearance.
Deputy U.S. Marshal Matthew Palmer testified that he interviewed Evavold at her home on August 25, 2015, about the disappearance of the Rucki sisters.
Palmer said he asked Evavold if the Rucki girls were in danger or dead, in which Evavold responded, “for all I know, they could be.”
Detective Kelli Coughlin with the Lakeville Police Department testified that Evavold told law enforcement at her home that she didn’t know where Samantha and Gianna were.
Evidence presented during Evavold’s trial showed that her phone contained audio files of the missing sisters talking and pictures taken after they disappeared in 2013 which helped pinpoint their location.
Court granted restraining order against Evavold
As previously reported by Missing in Minnesota, Evavold has repeatedly violated the explicit terms of her probation and the HRO by continuing to reference the Rucki family in her use of social media.
In July, a court in Dakota County has found that “an immediate and present danger of harassment” by Dede Evavold exists to warrant the granting of an HRO requested by David Rucki and his daughter, Samantha Rucki, against Evavold.
The court further found that there are “reasonable grounds to believe that [Evavold] has harassed [David Rucki and Samantha Rucki] (or minor children included in the petition)…”
Specifically, the court found that Evavold “made threats” to David Rucki and Samantha Rucki, and that “the harassment has had or is intended to have a substantial adverse effect on [David Rucki and Samantha Rucki’s] safety, security, or privacy.”
Evavold is prohibited from having any “direct or indirect contact” with David Rucki, Samantha and Gianna Rucki, and two other minor Rucki children. Evavold is also prohibited from naming “any member of the Rucki family in any blog posting, social media posting, or internet posting.”
Evavold sent threatening letter from jail; family claims she has an “undiagnosed mental illness”
While in jail, Evavold sent a letter to court staff which contained numerous threats targeted at public officials in Dakota County.
In a handwritten letter dated October 17, 2016, Evavold wrote “that from jail, I can use the truth” to “completely destroy [the] blackened reputation” of judges, prosecutors, law enforcement, and elected officials from Dakota County.
Evavold lives in St. Cloud with her husband Darin and their two children. Evavold’s husband was in the courtroom for her sentencing, as were other members of Evavold’s family.
But her family did not attend the criminal trial.
Evavold’s sister wrote a letter to the court claiming that Evavold has an “undiagnosed mental illness” and a “severe disorganized brain.”
New criminal charges filed against Evavold
Dede Evavold flashes the “victory” sign as she walks into the courthouse in Dakota County.
Evavold was charged in September with three criminal counts of violating the same HRO granted by a court in Dakota County.
She has been charged with three misdemeanors and if convicted, Evavold could be sentenced up to 90 days in jail and/or a $1,000 fine on each charge.
Evavold pleaded not guilty at her arraignment on October 17, and a pre-trial hearing was scheduled for January 9, 2018.
New probation violations to be filed against Evavold
In August, Dakota County Community Corrections filed a Probation Violation Report with Dakota County District Court. At a court hearing earlier this month, Assistant Dakota County Attorney Kathy Keena Keena requested the hearing be postponed in part to allow Keena to file new probation violations against Evavold.
Judge Karen Asphaug scheduled the next hearing for March 7, 2018, where a determination will be made if Evavold has violated the conditions of her probation.