Dede Evavold loses in court; HRO remains in effect

An Harassment Restraining Order requested by David Rucki and his daughter, Samantha Rucki, against Dede Evavold to prevent Evavold’s continued harassment of their family remains in effect after a court hearing was held this morning at the Dakota County Western Service Center in Apple Valley, Minnesota.

Evavold filed a motion to vacate the Harassment Restraining Order (HRO) granted after a court in Dakota County ruled in July that “an immediate and present danger of harassment” by Evavold existed to warrant the granting of an HRO.

But after Judge Philip Kanning learned in court this morning that Evavold had not served her motion to vacate the HRO on Lisa Elliott, the attorney for David Rucki and his daughter, Samantha Rucki, he postponed the hearing until after Evavold’s criminal trial for violating the HRO.

Elliott had also filed a motion to hold Evavold in contempt for repeatedly violating the HRO. Both motions will be heard at the same court hearing, which will be held in the next few months.

Evavold was visibly angry in the courtroom during today’s brief court hearing.

She replied with a gruff “OK” after Judge Kanning warned Evavold that the HRO remains in effect and that she could face additional criminal charges, including gross misdemeanor and felony charges if she continues to violate the HRO.

Rucki family attorney told court Evavold is “obsessed” with family

Before Judge Kanning became aware that Evavold failed to serve Elliot with her motion to vacate the HRO, Elliott told the court that all the Rucki family wants is for Evavold to stop harassing them.

“She seems obsessed with this family,” said Elliott.

Evavold was sentenced on November 10, 2016 after being found guilty of six felony charges – one year ago today – related to her involvement in the disappearance of Samantha and Gianna Rucki, who were abducted by their mother near their home in Lakeville, Minnesota on April 19, 2013 during a custody and divorce dispute involving their parents – Sandra Grazzini-Rucki and David Rucki.

Yesterday, Evavold appeared in court at the Dakota County Judicial Center in Hastings, Minnesota, for a probation violation hearing after Dakota County Community Corrections filed a Probation Violation Report alleging Evavold had made repeated references to the Rucki family in her use of social media which is a violation of her probation.

Evavold denied violating her probation and the court scheduled an evidentiary hearing for November 2, 2017, at 1:30 PM, where a determination will be made if Evavold has violated the conditions of her probation.

Evavold facing new criminal charges 

Earlier this month, Evavold was charged with three criminal counts of violating the HRO granted by a court in Dakota County to protect David Rucki and his family from Evavold’s continued harassment.

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 is scheduled to be arraigned at the Dakota County Western Service Center in Apple Valley on October 17, 2017, at 9:00 AM.

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