Blamey murder trial moves forward |

Blamey murder trial moves forward

Legal proceedings over the murder of a California Department of Justice special agent in Prosser on March 27 began yesterday in Truckee with the defense filing a motion for the discovery of evidence and return of property.

Ronald Blamey, 63, is being tried for the murder of Michiel Blamey, his wife of five years, at the Nevada County Superior Court.

Michiel was reported missing after she failed to return to work at her Sacramento office on the morning of March 27. Officers from several agencies combed the Prosser area the following day and discovered evidence indicating foul play.

Two days after Michiel was reported missing Ronald Blamey went to an attorney’s office in Reno and disclosed the location of his wife’s body.

The victim’s body was located in a field near Sheridan, Calif., wrapped in a blanket. An autopsy later revealed the cause of death as blunt force trauma to the head. A household steam iron and a large rock were entered into evidence as the murder weapons at the May 31 hearing.

Ronald Blamey was arrested and released on a $500,000 bail.

Blamey plead not guilty to the charge and will likely declare self-defense in the trial, say attorneys.

“The defense did not legally state self-defense, but at the time of Blamey’s interview it was clear that he will be pleading self-defense of some kind,” prosecuting deputy district attorney Frederick T. Holmes said. Holmes said while it isn’t legally required, 95 percent of the time the defense declares its position in its opening statement. “That is a tactical style at the control of Mr. Viloria,” Holmes said.

Blamey’s attorney, Thomas E. Viloria, filed a motion for a pretrial discovery compliance order, a document that will require 16 items of new evidence be presented to the defense.

In addition, the defense filed for the return of Blamey’s Ford pickup, a vehicle that was used to carry evidence stained with blood.

Mr. Blamey intends on working in Truckee and Reno, and requests the use of his vehicle, explained Viloria.

“This case is not really about the vehicle,” he said.

Presiding was the honorable C. Anders Holmer.

After hearing statements by both sides, Judge Holmer ordered that the truck bed liner and camper shell remain as evidence, but the truck be returned so the defendant may use the vehicle for work purposes.

Michiel and Ronald Blamey lived in San Diego before moving to Truckee.

“She and Ron moved up here to live in their dream home. My mom was due to retire this November,” said Kelly Hyder, Michiel’s only daughter, from a previous marriage.

“There were no other incidents or clues… They had their normal marriage spats, but I never saw them be physical, nor did I ever hear about them being physical,” she said.

Further motions may be filed, but Judge Holmer set Jan. 15 as the deadline for the prosecution to present evidence for testimony.

“The prosecution shall not later than Jan 15. 2001 turn in reports [of any kind] of witnesses it intends to call,” Judge Holmer said.

The trial by jury has been set for March 14, 2001.

Michiel Blamey is survived by her daughter Kelly and a son. Both live in San Diego.

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