Assault hearing resumes |

Assault hearing resumes

The preliminary hearing for a North San Juan man accused of assaulting several teenage girls with a baseball bat during a birthday party will resume today in Nevada County Superior Court.

The hearing for Buck Nettles Sr. was delayed Dec. 15, 2005, when a subpoenaed witness for the defense, Savannah Walker, 17, did not show up to testify.

Judge Robert Tamietti issued a warrant for Walker’s arrest, and she appeared in court Dec. 16, 2005, before she was arrested, according to court records, so the warrant was recalled.

Defense attorney Monica Lynch said she, Deputy District Attorney Charles O’Rourke and Judge Tamietti conducted an examination of Walker, during which she was interviewed by the prosecution and defense on the record Dec. 16, 2005.

Lynch said Walker confirmed what the defense had hoped with her testimony – that she threw a bar stool at Nettles, whom she said was unarmed.

According to court records, Walker’s testimony at that hearing is admissible if she is unavailable to appear at future public hearings on the case.

Nettles is out of jail on $25,000 bail. He is accused of assaulting seven girls at a teenage girl’s birthday party in August after his sons were kicked out of the party. Several witnesses told police after the brawl that Nettles had used a baseball bat to hit the girls.

He is charged with a total of 11 counts: four counts of assault with a deadly weapon likely to produce great bodily injury, three counts of child abuse, three counts of battery and one count of burglary.

The preliminary hearing will begin at 9 a.m. today.

To contact staff writer Robyn Moormeister, e-mail or call477-4236.

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