Jennifer Kendall appeared for a lightning-fast hearing to confirm a hearing date Monday afternoon.
Kendall appeared with attorney Tom Johnson for a pre-preliminary hearing in order to confirm a preliminary hearing for Sept. 19 at 1 p.m.
Johnson noted he had not heard from deputy district attorney Dale Gomes, who did not appear in court. Johnson questioned whether Gomes needed to be at the hearing to confirm the date, but El Dorado County Superior Court Judge Douglas C. Phimister confirmed the date without Gomes, answering Johnson’s question.
Kendall appeared in court again for the confirmed date on Sept. 19, but before the hearing, Phimister asked the courtroom whether counsel had arrived. When it was revealed they had not, Phimister asked if Kendall was present. She stood up and announced she was, and Phimister told her that her hearing, along with another matter for the day, had been moved to Department 1, Judge James R. Wagoner’s courtroom. However, upon arrival, it was discovered that there was a trial in progress in Wagoner’s courtroom.
Kendell had reportedly fled from California to Spokane, Wash. with her then 18-month-old son, in violation of family court orders. On April 9, she was located and transported back to El Dorado County, where custody of the child was given to the father.
Kendall will next appear in court on Oct. 3 in Department 7 at 1:30 p.m..