Nevada County judge: Murder suspect Jason Schuller will wear restraints at trial |

Nevada County judge: Murder suspect Jason Schuller will wear restraints at trial

Murder suspect Jason Schuller will wear restraints during his trial — a decision made Friday, Nov. 17, after a judge learned about his conduct in jail and failure to obey deputies.

Schuller, 36, is scheduled for trial Nov. 28 in Nevada County Superior Court. On Friday Schuller appeared in court, where Judge Candace Heidelberger heard about a declaration filed by sheriff’s Capt. Jeff Pettitt.

The judge said that based on Pettitt’s declaration, which mentions Schuller’s conduct toward other Nevada County Jail inmates and his refusal to follow deputy orders, she’d order him to wear a leg restraint during trial.

That restraint, which can be worn under clothes, would lock if someone wearing it tried to run, Pettitt said.

Heidelberger also discussed the placement of uniformed deputies in the courtroom during Schuller’s trial.

“I don’t want it to look like two officers hovering over the defendant at any time,” she said.

The judge added that three uniformed deputies staffed Friday’s hearing, which isn’t uncommon.

Schuller faces a murder charge in connection with the March 2016 shooting death of William Tackett, 67. Authorities say that Schuller shot Tackett before setting his body on fire. He then fled from police in a vehicle chase that ended in Sacramento.

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