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Schwartzler pleads not guilty in attempted murder case

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From page A6 | April 24, 2013 |

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AUSTIN SCHWARTZLER steps off the elevator at the EL Dorado County Courthouse on April 19. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene

A man accused of two counts of attempted murder entered a not guilty plea Friday afternoon.

Defense attorney Adam Weiner entered a not guilty plea and denied all special allegations on behalf of Austin Schwartzler as friends and family, wearing yellow ribbons in support, looked on.

Weiner then told Judge Daniel B. Proud that he would be filing a 995 motion to dismiss charges and would need about three weeks to do so. Proud told him to have the motion filed by May 10, with a reply from prosecutor Lisette Suder by May 24. A hearing regarding the motion will be held on June 3 at 1:30 p.m.

The matter of protective orders for the two alleged victims was brought up, to which Weiner had no objection so long as they were made without prejudice — that is, the subject of changing the orders could come up as Schwartzler’s status changes.

As Proud told Schwartzler that he was to have no contact with Jerry Stinson, the man in a relationship with Schwartzler’s ex-girlfriend Kathleen Owens, the man quietly said, “Not gonna happen.” Although Owens was not originally named in the information on the protective orders, Proud included her in the order. He also ordered Schwartzler to not possess any firearms.

Schwartzler is accused of shooting at and attempting to kill Stinson and Owens after he found out the two were dating.

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