Teen accused of attempted sexual assault preps for trial
October 3, 2006
The case against an 18-year-old man that involves multiple charges including felony hit-and-run and attempted sexual assault will pick up speed next month.
Scott Lindner will appear in court mid-November for a pre-trial hearing regarding the attempted sexual assault case and a felony conference involving the hit-and-run death of Truckee teen Keith Stewart.
During Tuesday’s proceedings at Nevada County Superior Court in Truckee, Lindner’s attorney, John Ward, said he needed a court continuance on both cases after recently receiving Stewart’s autopsy report.
William Cornell, Nevada County deputy district attorney, did not agree the continuance was necessary and said the hit-and-run pre-trial hearing should be scheduled.
“I believe we’ve received everything (evidence) we’re expecting,” Cornell said.
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 on Aug. 16 in front of several witnesses during a concert at Truckee River Regional Park.
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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.
Lindner is in custody at the Wayne Brown Correctional Facility in Nevada City until the case is over, according to Cornell.
Lindner’s $95,000 bail for his first two stays in jail was exonerated by Judge Anders Holmer during a previous since the defendant agreed to return to custody.
Lindner is scheduled to appear in court on Nov. 14 for the attempted sexual assault pre-trial hearing and the hit-and-run felony conference.