Alleged wife killer released on $500,000 bail |

Alleged wife killer released on $500,000 bail

Ron Blamey of Truckee, who was charged last month in his wife’s murder, made his $500,000 bail and was released from the Wayne R. Brown Correctional Facility in Nevada City on May 11.

Blamey was arraigned on a charge of murder on April 4, six days after the blanket-wrapped body of Blamey’s wife, Michiel Blamey, a California Department of Justice employee, was found in a field near the town of Sheridan.

The bail hearing was on Wednesday, May 10, and Blamey made bail and was released the next day, according to Nevada County Assistant District Attorney Fred Holmes.

“He indicated he would be staying with family members in San Diego and Bremerton, Wash.,” Holmes said.

His next court date is scheduled for May 31 in Judge Andy Holmer’s court in Truckee for the preliminary examination.

Holmes said the $500,000 bail is consistent with bail set in other murder cases in recent years in Nevada County. In setting bail, judges consider many important factors, but that two of the most important concerns are public safety and determining whether the amount set assures the defendant will appear at the time of his or her hearing.

“We asked for a real high bail and he was able to make it,” Holmes said.

Blamey turned himself into authorities in Reno two days after his wife was reported missing from their Truckee home. The disappearance under suspicious circumstances prompted a manhunt. Blamey told authorities the general location of his wife’s body after he was arrested.

An autopsy indicated Michiel Blamey died from blunt trauma to her head.

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