The man accused of killing his stepfather appeared briefly in court Monday morning to set a new readiness and settlement hearing and to confirm the trial start date for later this month.
Mark Ralphs, representing defendant Richard Petroski, said, “Everything looks like it’s a go” for a March 26 trial. Ralphs and deputy district attorney James Clinchard agreed to another readiness and settlement conference on March 22 at 8:30 a.m. as a final check for the trial.
A questionnaire to be used during proceedings was also brought up, with Ralphs noting he would look at it and go over the questions.
Petroski is accused of killing his stepfather, John Gale Malia, 69, on Dec. 4, 2011. Petroski allegedly used a .22 caliber rifle to shoot Malia. Afterward, Petroski attempted suicide by shooting himself in the head while Amy Settle, who also lived on the property, tried to call 911. Malia died later that day at Marshall Hospital from a gunshot wound to the head. Petroski, failing the suicide attempt, turned himself in when deputies arrived and remains in custody.