Murder trial postponed to mid-January
A judge has granted a motion for continuance, delaying the homicide trial for suspects Scott Thomas Hollingshead and Christopher Michael Nix until mid-January.
Hollingshead and Nix, who are brothers, reportedly went to Brian Spalding’s Banner Mountain residence on April 14, 2014, beat him and shot him several times in the upper torso. Spalding died at the scene of multiple blunt-force trauma.
The two men were indicted by a criminal grand jury in August 2014.
Nix has pleaded not guilty to charges of murder with special allegations of lying in wait, aiding murder and that a principal was armed with a firearm during the commission of the crime, and a charge of shooting at an occupied motor vehicle, with a special allegation that a principal was armed with a firearm during the commission of the crime.
Hollingshead has pleaded not guilty to a charge of murder with special allegations of lying in wait, intentional discharge of a firearm causing death or great bodily injury, and that a principal was armed with a firearm during the commission of the crime.
He also was indicted on one count of shooting at an occupied motor vehicle, with special allegations of intentional discharge of a firearm causing death or great bodily injury and that a principal was armed with a firearm during the commission of the crime.
The trial has been estimated to last four weeks, and might have a dual jury — one for each defendant.
On Friday, Judge Candace Heidelberger granted a motion to continue, vacating a November trial date and resetting the trial to Jan. 12. A trial readiness conference was scheduled for Dec. 18.
To contact City Editor Liz Kellar, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 530-477-4229.
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