Friday Jul 11 2008
Bail denied for stabbing suspect
By: Jenna Nielsen, Journal Staff Writer
A judge denied bail for stabbing suspect Michael Lane in an Auburn courtroom Friday citing a lack of new evidence. Judge Colleen Nichols said no new facts have been presented in the case against Lane, who is charged with attempted murder for stabbing 21-year-old Britton Reed multiple times early in the morning of March 17. The altercation took place in a parking lot next to Bob and Betty’s 160 Club on Cleveland Street in Auburn. “You can reset a bail motion if there is something new. If not, it is called judge shopping and you can’t do that,” Nichols said. “I don’t see any new evidence or any new facts.” Defense attorney Robert Young called a witness to the hearing, but Nichols said the testimony was not necessary because it was a trial issue, not a bail hearing issue. Prosecutor Jeff Wilson also said he checked on information requested by Young suggesting Reed had a probation violation. “We checked it out and there is no such hearing,” Wilson said. “We also investigated the criminal history of a witness (in the case) at the request of Mr. Young and we found no such information of (that individual) having that prior history. The information is erroneous.” Lane is currently being held without bail at the Placer County Jail. Lane pleaded not guilty to charges of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon and two special allegations including inflicting great bodily injury. A status conference was set for July 25 at 8:30 in department 13. The Journal’s Jenifer Gee contributed to this report. The Journal’s Jenna Nielsen can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.