Evidentiary hearing set in Tackett murder case | TheUnion.com

Evidentiary hearing set in Tackett murder case

A preliminary hearing into the evidence against homicide suspect Jason Carl Schuller has been set for mid-December.

Schuller, 35, is accused of firing multiple shots at 67-year-old William Tackett on March 20 before setting his body on fire and fleeing Tackett’s Banner View Drive home. He then reportedly led police on a chase through three counties before being detained.

Schuller previously pleaded not guilty to murder and recklessly evading arrest and remains in the Nevada County Jail with no bond.

A felony conference was scheduled for Oct. 20 and the preliminary hearing was set for Dec. 13 in Nevada County Superior Court.

Two of the three men charged with homicide in the 2014 shooting death of Minnesota native Isaac Zafft also were in court Thursday.

In July, Nevada County Sheriff’s detectives from the Major Crimes Unit arrested Daniel Louis Devencenzi, 31; Finley Byrdtte Fultz, 27; and Nathan Robert Philbrook, 32, on charges of murder in the first degree in the course of a robbery.

Fultz, who is believed to have been the shooter, also has been charged with personal use of a firearm, personal discharge of a firearm, and personal discharge of a firearm causing death.

Zafft’s murder was discovered after the homeowner, David Braut, who was at the residence off Chances R Road, called 911 at about 1 a.m. July 7, 2014, to report gunfire and yelling. Zafft was found lying on the ground in a greenhouse containing marijuana, and was pronounced dead at the scene. An autopsy revealed he had been shot several times.

Devencenzi and Philbrook already had been in custody — Devencenzi was in the Washoe County, Nev., jail, and has been transported here. Philbrook is incarcerated at High Desert State Prison outside Las Vegas and still awaits extradition.

Fultz and Devencenzi appeared in court Thursday, but deferred entering pleas due to a high volume of discovery being released to their defense counsel. They will return to court on Oct. 27 for entry of plea. Assistant District Attorney Joe Alexander said he hopes Philbrook will be in local custody by then as well.

To contact City Editor Liz Kellar, email lkellar@theunion.com or call 530-477-4229.

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