Tahoe man pleads not guilty, pretrial conference Monday

Kyle Magin
Sierra Sun
Lake Forest resident John McKnight, 61, pleaded not guilty Friday to nine criminal charges.

TAHOE CITY, Calif. and#8212; A pretrial conference will take place at 10 a.m. Monday at Placer County Superior Court in Tahoe City for Lake Forest resident John McKnight, who faces nine criminal charges related to a Wednesday manhunt by area police.

McKnight, 61, accused of waving a gun in the air and threatening neighbors in the Lake Forest neighborhood, was arraigned Friday on nine criminal charges at the Placer County Courthouse in Auburn, Calif.

He pleaded not guilty to the charges, five of which are felonies, said Kim Hunter with Placer County Superior Court. He also was appointed a public defender and#8212; Barry Jones.

Monday’s conference will include a bail review, Hunter said, as Jones is expected to request McKnight’s bail be lowered.

McKnight, who was transferred Monday morning from the Placer County Jail in Auburn to Tahoe City for the conference, is being held $106,316.25 bail.

Christopher Cattran of the Placer County District Attorney’s office will represent the county at the hearing.

McKnight’s nine charges are as follows: two felony assault with a firearm charges, two felony criminal threats charges, one felony possession of a deadly weapon charge, two misdemeanor DUI-related charges, one misdemeanor concealed firearm in a vehicle charge and one misdemeanor carrying a loaded weapon charge.

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