Michael Sturgell murder case set for preliminary hearing | TheUnion.com

Michael Sturgell murder case set for preliminary hearing

Michael Sturgell

Michael Sturgell, accused of murder in the death of his ex-wife, is scheduled Oct. 16 for a preliminary hearing.

Sturgell, 71, formally pleaded not guilty Thursday to his accusations in Nevada County Superior Court. He waived a right to have a preliminary hearing within 10 days, but not his right to have one within two months.

Attorneys then scheduled his preliminary hearing, which Deputy District Attorney Jesse Wilson said could last a day.

Authorities claim Sturgell in February fatally shot his ex-wife Pamela Diane DeGrio at her home. They'd been married and divorced over 40 years ago.

Sturgell remained held Thursday without bond.