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Auburn man yet to answer charges in stabbing

Suspect granted more time to enter plea
By: Jon Schultz JOURNAL STAFF WRITER
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Auburn 24-year-old William Mehard, who allegedly stabbed a man Friday at an apartment complex on Pleasant Avenue in Auburn, has been granted more time to enter his plea by Judge Angus Saint-Evens on Tuesday at Placer County Superior Court. Mehard’s arraignment on charges of attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon is scheduled to continue at 8:30 a.m. Thursday in Dept. 13. Asked by Saint-Evens whether he understood the charges and rights, Mehard replied an emphatic, “Yes, sir.” His court-appointed public defender, John Lyman, sought a continuance for the arraignment “in light of the severity of the charges.” According to Auburn police, Mehard stabbed a man early Friday and was arrested in an apartment building on the 100 block of Pleasant Avenue, which borders the fairgrounds. Seeking assistance, the victim walked to a CVS pharmacy on Elm Street, about a mile from the complex where he was attacked, police said. Officers responded to the call at about 3:38 a.m. Police declined to disclose the victim’s condition. Mehard is being held without bail at the Placer County Jail.