Joshua Dennis pleads “Not Guilty” of election offense in Livingston County court

Not Guilty Plea

The Republican candidate for Livingston County Coroner entered a plea of not guilty to misdemeanor committing class four election offenses in the Associate Division of Livingston County Circuit Court Monday, September 14th.

Thirty-seven-year-old Joshua Michael Dennis of Chillicothe waived formal arraignment. On a joint motion, the case was continued to October 22nd for a plea or trial setting.

A probable cause statement from Chillicothe Police Officer Whitney Murdock accuses Dennis of saying in a newspaper article that he would donate his first-year salary to Livingston County and do the coroner job for free to help cover any cost that may occur from the office moving. He also allegedly promised in a video that he would donate his first-year salary back to the county.

Murdock says Dennis’s statement violates the Missouri statute and is allegedly viewed as an inducement to voters.

Incumbent J. Scott Lindley is the Democratic candidate for Livingston County Coroner in the November General Election.