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Former detective in court

POSTED January 24, 2012 9:00 p.m.

Former Stanislaus County Sheriff’s detective Kari Abbey made an appearance in Stanislaus County Superior Court Monday to plead not guilty to the four criminal charges lodged against her.

Abbey pled not guilty to charges of embezzlement, child endangerment, conspiracy to commit unlawful evictions and cultivation of marijuana.

The charges stem from an off-duty shooting involving Abbey that resulted in the death of a 31-year-old Rita Elias.

In December 2011, Judge Ricardo Cordova ruled at the conclusion of Abbey’s preliminary hearing that the prosecution had not shown enough cause to hold Abbey over for trial on the murder and manslaughter charges filed against her. The judge also dismissed a stolen property charge against Abbey.

Cordova did rule there was enough cause presented to hold her over on the remaining charges.

Abbey remains free on a $1 million bail. Her bail amount is scheduled to be re-visited at her next court appearance on Feb. 24.

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