A man accused of killing his stepfather appeared in court Monday to change one hearing date and confirm a trial date.
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Defense attorney Mark Ralphs appeared with his client, Richard Kenneth Petroski, and told the court he was waiting on discovery. He noted he should receive it either Feb. 26 or 27.
After discussion with Judge James R. Wagoner concerning the trial date of March 26, a new readiness and settlement conference was scheduled for March 1 at 8:30 a.m. in Department 1.
Petroski is accused of killing his stepfather, John Gale Malia, 69, on Dec. 4, 2011. Petroski allegedly shot Malia with a .22 caliber rifle. Afterward, Petroski shot himself in the head in a suicide attempt while Amy Settle, who also lived on the property, attempted to call 911. Malia died later that day at Marshall Hospital from a gunshot wound to the head. As Pestroski failed to kill himself, he turned himself in when deputies arrived and remains in custody.