Murder suspect faces additional charges
The man charged with murder for a Jan. 6 auto collision that killed a UPS driver will face several probation-violation charges connected with previous drug convictions.
The public defender for Scott Krause, 37, this week pushed those cases to a later date, while doctors determine whether Krause is mentally competent to understand the new charges or stand trial for murder.
Public defender Gary Gordon appeared in court Monday without Krause and asked that the charges be postponed to Feb. 19, the same date as Krause’s competency hearing.
Krause is accused of killing UPS delivery driver Drew Reynolds on Jan. 6. Authorities say Krause carjacked a large commercial truck and rammed it into Reynolds’ van on Brunswick Road. Grass Valley police said Krause told them after the crash that his actions were intentional.
He is also charged with burglary, carjacking and battery for alleged crimes that led up to the crash.
The new probation violation charges were added to three previous arrests.
On Jan. 16, 2003, he was arrested for attempted vehicle theft, removing car parts and damaging property. According to court records, Krause attempted to hot-wire a neighbor’s car.
Krause pleaded no contest to removing vehicle parts and was sentenced to 20 days in jail and community service – which he did not complete.
On May 6, 2003, he was again arrested for possession of a hypodermic needle after a background check by an officer showed there was a warrant for his arrest.
He pleaded no contest to the possession charge and was sentenced to three years’ supervised probation. According to the terms of the probation, he was not to possess or consume any controlled substances and was required to attend drug counseling.
Krause missed a court date for this charge after being released on his own recognizance, and by being charged with crimes from the Jan. 6 fatal crash, he violated probation.
On Aug. 21, 2003, Krause was one of five people arrested at a home on Le Duc Street.
Sheriff’s investigators found uninhabitable living conditions in the house, according to records. Methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia were confiscated.
Krause was arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance, possessing controlled substance paraphernalia and resisting a peace officer.
He pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor drug charge and was again sentenced to three years’ supervised probation, in which he could not possess or consume drugs, and he was required to complete an outpatient substance abuse treatment program.
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