Bribery trial of Kosciusko sheriff begins

Crime

WARSAW, Ind. (WANE) The 14-day criminal trial of Kosciusko County Sheriff Aaron Rovenstine, indicted on 10 felony counts including bribery and official misconduct, begins Monday.

Rovenstine allegedly agreed to accept $40,000 in bribes so favors could be granted to a Kosciusko County jail inmate. Rovenstine also is accused of intimidating a Warsaw Police Department detective who had suspicions of Rovenstine’s activities. He was elected sheriff for a second term in 2014 after serving eight years from 1998 through 2006.

After his defense filed a motion last month to have the special prosecutor in the case removed, Rovenstine’s trial was delayed. Elkhart Superior Court 2 Judge Stephen Bowers will hear the case.

After eight hours 12 jurors and three alternates were selected. During jury selection many of the potential jurors indicated they knew potential witnesses in this case and nearly all had seen information about it in the newspaper or on the local news.

The trial will continue Wednesday with opening arguments.

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