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Kovacich hearing postponed

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The motion for a new trial for Paul Kovacich, Jr., was continued to next month. Clad in an orange jumpsuit and wearing handcuffs, Kovacich made his first court appearance Friday after a jury convicted him in January of killing his wife. Kovacich was found guilty of murder with the use of a firearm in the Sept. 8, 1982, death and disappearance of his wife, Janet Kovacich. Prosecutors Suzanne Gazzaniga and Dave Tellman went on record to oppose the motion. Defense Attorney John Spurling’s motion to dismiss outlines his argument that pre-trial prejudice prevented the defendant from a fair proceeding. Spurling indicated he intends to call a witness at the hearing. Prosecutors asked for information relating to the witness and their possible testimony. Judge Mark Curry ruled to continue the hearing to March 6. “The court feels that in light of the significance of the motion, to postpone the hearing two weeks is not an unreasonable request,” Curry said Friday. Kovacich will appear again in Placer County Superior Court at 1 p.m. March 6 in Dept. 4 in the historic courthouse in Old Town Auburn. - Jenifer Gee