Richard Kenneth Petroski appeared for a short hearing on Oct. 1 to set a new date for a preliminary hearing.
Although a preliminary hearing had been set for Oct. 3, El Dorado County Superior Court Judge Douglas C. Phimister was informed that Ret. Det. Rich Strasser was out of state on that day. Phimister ordered the preliminary hearing moved to Oct. 17 with a pre-preliminary to confirm the date on Oct. 15.
Defense attorney Mark Ralphs voiced his concern that there would not be enough time for the hearing, expected to last three hours, as a number of other hearings had already been set for that date.
Phimister responded that, according to law, it was perfectly viable to set the date and either trail the matter or push it to the afternoon calendar for that day. With Ralphs assured that all would be well, the hearing ended.
Petroski has been accused of killing his stepfather, John Gale Malia, 69, on Dec. 4, 2011. Petroski allegedly shot Malia with a .22 caliber firearm. Afterword, he attempted suicide by shooting himself in the head. Malia died later that day at Marshall Hospital. Petroski turned himself in after the arrival of deputies despite his self-inflicted wounds.