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Sandra Grazzini-Rucki found guilty

Sandra Grazzini-Rucki was found guilty this morning on six counts of deprivation of parental rights related to the disappearance of her daughters, Samantha and Gianna Rucki. The sisters ran from their home on April 19, 2013 during a custody and divorce proceeding involving their parents.

Grazzini-Rucki was found not guilty on two additional counts.

David Rucki, the girls’ father, was in the courtroom when the verdicts were announced. Grazzini-Rucki showed no emotion as each of the verdicts were read in the courtroom. Two supporters of Grazzini-Rucki were in the courtroom when the verdicts were announced, Michael Rhedin and Caroline Rice. Neither of them showed emotion when the verdicts were announced.

Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom was also in the courtroom when the verdicts against Grazzini-Rucki were announced.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant Dakota County Attorney Kathyrn Keena. Citing concerns about Grazzini-Rucki being a flight risk, Keena asked for Grazzini-Rucki to be held in custody until her sentencing hearing on September 21, 2016.

Grazzini-Rucki was immediately taken into custody and will be required to post bail of $100,000 to be released without probationary conditions, or $50,000 to be released with probationary conditions.

Judge Asphaug also ordered Grazzini-Rucki to undergo a psychological examination as part of a pre-sentencing investigation.

The jury began their deliberation yesterday afternoon, but decided to end their deliberations at 4:30 PM. The jury resumed their deliberations around 8:30 AM this morning and the verdicts were announced less than two hours later at 10:20 AM.

David Rucki was awarded full custody of all five of his children in November 2013, while two of his daughters remained missing. On November 18, 2015 – 944 days after they disappeared – the girls were found living on a ranch in northern Minnesota by law enforcement, headed by the Lakeville Police Department. Rucki was reunited with his daughters days after they were found and they live with him at the family’s home in Lakeville.

Three additional people have been criminally charged with felonies related to the disappearance of the girls: Dede (Deirdre) Evavold, Douglas Dahlen and his wife, Gina Dahlen. Evavold’s criminal trial is scheduled to begin in September. A trial date has not been set for the Dahlens.

The Dahlens and Evavold were granted “use immunity” to testify against Grazzini-Rucki, over the objections of the attorneys for the Dahlens. Evavold represented herself in the criminal proceedings and she also objected to having to testify against Grazzini-Rucki. Only Gina Dahlen was called to actually testify in the criminal trial.

I’ll have additional analysis on today’s verdict later today, so please check back to Missing in Minnesota.

UPDATE: Sandra Grazzini-Rucki posted bail earlier this afternoon and was released from jail. Her sentencing hearing is scheduled for September 21, 2016.


Interview: “The Matt McNeil Show” on first week of Sandra Grazzini-Rucki trial

Below is audio from my interview with Matt McNeil yesterday on AM950 about the first week of Sandra Grazzini-Rucki’s criminal trial in Hastings.

[The Matt McNeil Show] Michael Brodkorb – Grazzini Rucki Trial Week #1 by AM950’s Podcasts

Michael Brodkorb joins the Matt McNeil Show to fill us in on what’s been happening during the first week of the Grazzini Rucki trial.

Please check back to Missing in Minnesota on Monday for additional developments involving Sandra Grazzini-Rucki’s criminal trial.

Rucki daughters subpoenaed by Sandra Grazzini-Rucki to testify in court

The third day of Sandra Grazzini-Rucki’s criminal trial on eight counts of depravation of parental rights continued this morning at the Dakota County Judicial Center in Hastings. Grazzini-Ricki has been charged related to the disappearance of her two daughters, Samantha and Gianna Rucki, who ran from their home in Lakeville on April 19, 2013.

Michael Rhedin and Sandra Grazzini-Rucki leave the courthouse during a break in the trial.
Michael Rhedin and Sandra Grazzini-Rucki leaving the courthouse on July 18, 2016.

Before the jury was seated for the morning’s testimony from witnesses, Stephen Grigsby, who is Sandra Grazzini-Rucki’s attorney, disclosed to the court that Grazzini-Rucki’s boyfriend, Michael Rhedin, had served a subpoena on David Rucki at a family court hearing to compel the testimony of Gianna Rucki, who is 16 years-old.

Grazzini-Rucki’s attorney previously told the court that he issued a subpoena for Samantha Rucki to testify in her mother’s criminal trial. According to statements made in court, there is a disagreement as to whether the subpoena issued for Samantha Rucki was properly served.

Grigsby asked the court to enforce the subpoena he issued for both Samantha and Gianna Rucki. The court has the authority to issue a warrant for the arrest of both sisters, if it is determined they were properly served with a subpoena to testify.

Michael Rhedin, who has been identified in court documents as Grazzini-Rucki’s boyfriend, served the subpoena issued by Grigsby. During the first day of the trial, Grigby said Rhedin would be witness for Grazzini-Rucki, but will now not be called to testify.

In 2014, Rhedin pleaded pleaded guilty to bringing a firearm into an elementary school in Lakeville, Minnesota. Rhedin entered the school to serve a subpoena issued by Grazzini-Rucki’s family court attorney, Michelle MacDonald, for school records. Continue reading

In interview, Dede Evavold expressed sympathy for David Rucki

One of the four people charged in the disappearance of two sisters from Lakeville for 944 days — Deirdre [Dede] Evavold — spoke with me last year and offered her perspective on the legal drama involving the Rucki family.

The interview with Evavold occurred in September 2015 —three months before she would be charged with felonies related to the disappearance of Samantha and Gianna Rucki in April 2013. Continue reading