Judge denies motion to dismiss local woman's embezzlement case

ASOTIN, WA - An objection to a continuance trial date was denied Monday for a woman accused of embezzling $37,000 from a Clarkston based company.

Kayla Robinson, 35, of Lewiston allegedly embezzled the money from JPI Worldwide using a PayPal debit card to take money from the business.

Defense Attorney Thomas Ledgerwood asked Asotin County Superior Court to dismiss the case because the trial date had been set outside of the original "90-day" time for a trial period.

Asotin County Superior Court Judge William Acey denied the motion to dismiss the continuance noting that the defense had demonstrated prejudice to the presentation of the case by the delay.

"I did not know new information warranted a continuance," said Ledgerwood. "I told the court that they would be prejudice because a key witness had already bought airline tickets and was flying in from Atlanta Georgia to attend the trial."

Acey informed the court that the prosecution had not done anything to cause the delay but merely reacted to the discovery of additional witnesses and significant documentary evidence.

Robinson will appear before a Jury on August 27th. Her trial is scheduled to last three days.