Judge continues hearing on Champlin bail requests

Auburn couple back in court on elder theft charges
By: Jon Schultz, Journal Staff Writer
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D’Arsi Champlin of Auburn will have to wait at least another week to find out if she will be granted release on bail while she awaits trial on felony charges that she allegedly stole more than a half million dollars from her elderly mother-in-law.

An Alameda County Superior Court judge took under submission Wednesday a motion to have Champlin’s $655,000 bail reduced and grant her release on own recognizance or, alternately, to allow her to be released by posting the current bail amount.

On March 27, the judge at Hayward Hall of Justice is set to rule on that motion, as well as a motion filed by D’Arsi’s attorney to seal the Alameda County Deputy District Attorney’s written response to it.

D’Arsi Champlin, 48, and husband Mark Champlin, 61, have been held at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin since mid-September 2012.

The Champlins have pleaded not guilty to a total of 14 felony charges, with each of them facing six counts of grand theft of personal property totaling $430,000 and corresponding counts of theft from an elder or dependent. D’Arsi also faces additional charges of $130,000 in grand theft of personal property and receiving stolen property.

Mark is representing himself, and the judge also took under submission his request to have an investigator that could assist him in obtaining information related to his case. 


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