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Lindner faces multiple charges, considers plea change

Sierra Countis
Sierra Sun

The 18-year-old man facing multiple charges including felony hit-and-run and attempted sexual assault may change his plea after pleading innocent to all charges in September.

Scott Lindner will appear in court in early December for a felony conference regarding the attempted sexual assault case and the hit-and-run death of Truckee teen Keith Stewart.

Lindner’s attorney, John Ward, would not say how the defendant’s plea might change or why Lindner may change his plea. Ward said the change in plea would involve both cases.

“We are still in negotiations with the D.A. (District Attorney),” Ward said. “There has been an ongoing exchange of information.”

During Tuesday’s proceedings at Nevada County Superior Court in Truckee, Judge Anders Holmer set the court date for Dec. 8 because of the possibility of Lindner’s change in plea.

In September, Lindner, of Ross, Calif., pleaded innocent to the charges of vehicular manslaughter, gross negligence and driving under the influence of marijuana in connection with the hit-and-run incident that killed Stewart, 19. The death occurred Aug. 16 in front of several witnesses during a concert at Truckee River Regional Park.

Lindner pleaded innocent to the attempted sexual assault charges involving a 17-year-old Truckee girl and a 13-year-old girl. Truckee police learned of the attempted sexual assault allegations while investigating the hit-and-run.

Lindner appeared in court during Tuesday’s felony conference, however, he made no statements. Stewart’s father, Lance Skupen, also attended as did Stewart’s mother, Christine Stewart.

Lindner remains in custody at the Wayne Brown Correctional Facility in Nevada City until the cases are resolved. Lindner’s $95,000 bail was cleared by Judge Holmer since the defendant agreed to return to custody.