Fred Engel, the man accused of trying to kill a Nevada City woman and burn down her house, may be evaluated by a third psychiatrist before his next preliminary hearing March 3.
Engel is scheduled to stand trial at 9 a.m. April 18, and awaits trial from the Wayne Brown Correctional Facility. He pleaded innocent by reason of insanity on Aug. 5, 2005, to charges of attempted murder with premeditation and arson of an inhabited dwelling.
He is accused of stabbing Susan Wallace, 62, repeatedly in the neck and abdomen, then using gasoline to set her house on fire.
The first phase of the trial will determine his guilt. If jurors find him guilty, they will move on to a second phase in which they will decide whether Engel was sane at the time of the alleged crime.
Engel has already been evaluated by two court-appointed psychiatrists. Assistant District Attorney Ron Wolfson said in court Friday he wants a psychiatrist of his choosing to examine Engel, and defense attorney Stephen Munkelt offered no objection.
– Robyn Moormeister
Support circle set at library
A support circle and meal hosted by Divine Spark is scheduled from noon to 2:30 p.m. today at the Madelyn Helling Library Conference Room, 980 Helling Way, in Nevada City.
The program is geared to benefit the homeless, improving support and increasing unity. Admission is free, though donations will be accepted.
For more information, please call 265-2620.
Thursday’s LAFCo meeting canceled
The LAFCo scheduled for Thursday is canceled and the public review period for the Eastern Nevada County General Government Services Municipal Services Review is being extended. The March agenda will include two public hearings on MSRs (All-County Recreation and East County General Government Services) as well as a public hearing on the preliminary budget, and one or two project proposals.
– The Union staff
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