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Conditional hearing set for Sanford case

By From page A3 | April 03, 2013

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ANDREW SANFORD was in court for a short hearing on March 29. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene

A short hearing Friday morning concerning a 30-year-old murder case determined that a conditional hearing will take place on April 5.

Defense attorney Erik Schlueter, representing murder suspect Andrew Sanford, told El Dorado County Superior Court Judge James R. Wagoner that “(Tim) Blankenship was unwilling” to delay medical treatment he is set to receive. Therefore, Blankenship — who hung out with Sanford at the South Y Shell Station where the murder occurred — will give his testimony concerning the case on April 5 at 1:30 p.m.

Sanford, 51, is accused of the 1980 murder of Richard Swanson in South Lake Tahoe. He is being held on a single charge of murder at the El Dorado County Jail with no bail.

Cole Mayer

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