John Harold Luebbers appeared in court on Friday for a quick pre-trial hearing.
Luebbers appeared alongside other inmates and accused criminals, with his portion of the proceedings taking no more than five minutes.
David Kramer, Luebbers’ public defender, told El Dorado Superior Court Judge James R. Wagoner that there had been issues within his office, concerning a readiness and settlement hearing, and asked that court proceedings be held on Feb. 24 while keeping the trial date on March 13. Judge Wagoner granted the request, and the court went into break, with Luebbers’ portion of the hearing over.
Luebbers stands accused of shooting Louisiana Schnell School principal Sam LaCara, 50, with a .357 magnum on the morning of Feb. 2, 2011.
Upon responding to a report of a shooting at the school, LaCara was found inside his office with a single gunshot wound to the torso. He was quickly transported to Marshall Hospital and was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.
Later that afternoon, sheriff’s deputies arrested Luebbers at his El Dorado residence without incident.
Authorities said Luebbers confessed to shooting LaCara after learning he had been fired. At a press conference shortly after the shooting given by Placerville Union School District Superintendent Nancy Lynch, it was noted that Luebbers had not been fired.
Placerville police Capt. Mike Scott previously said that Luebbers admitted to returning to his residence on Feb. 2 after speaking with LaCara, retrieving a firearm, and returning to the school.