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Nevada County attempted murder case could end in plea, attorneys say

A woman charged with attempted murder is scheduled for a possible plea to a lesser charge after a Nevada County jury reached no decision in her case.

The jury deadlocked last week when deciding whether Kathy Jo Hoyt, 48, attempted on Sept. 30 to fatally stab a man in a Grass Valley homeless camp. Hoyt now is scheduled for a Friday hearing, where she could enter a plea to a lesser charge of assault with a deadly weapon, attorneys said.

"I'm delighted," said defense attorney David Alkire, who represents Hoyt. "Sometimes it's necessary to go through a trial to get to a proper resolution."

According to Alkire, his client could receive a sentence of probation for the assault charge. She faced prison if convicted of attempted murder.

Deputy District Attorney Ed Grubaugh said he'd review the case and determine whether to extend a plea offer after the jury on May 15 deadlocked. On Monday he called Alkire.

"Personally, I was disappointed," Grubaugh said of the jury's decision. "I thought I had proved my case, but I understand where they came from."

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Arrested shortly after the incident, Hoyt remained Monday afternoon in the Nevada County Jail without bond.

Superior Court Judge Candace Heidelberger had set July 10 for a new trial, a date Grubaugh called a placeholder. Hoyt opted to invoke her right to have another trial within 60 days.

Authorities claim that Hoyt stabbed a man in a homeless camp off Sutton Way. The man then walked to a bus stop, where passersby spotted him and called police.

To contact Staff Writer Alan Riquelmy, email ariquelmy@theunion.com or call 530-477-4239.

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