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Lake of the Pines alleged conman has trial date

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A Lake of the Pines man faced with 29 felony counts for allegedly conning $650,000 out of local community members may have a trial this year. William Lawson Campbell, who was 64 when he was arrested in October, has one charge for each victim represented in the case. On Monday Campbell’s trial date was set for 9 a.m. Nov. 29 in Dept. 4 of the Nevada City courthouse, according to Jamie Hogenson, the prosecutor on the case. The trial is expected to take about six to 10 days, Hogenson said. Campbell is also set for a proceeding at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 15 at the Nevada City courthouse. Hogenson said at that time Campbell will have one last chance to change his not guilty plea if he wants to before the trial. Campbell’s home on Inverness Way was scheduled to be auctioned at 12:30 p.m. July 14, but the sale has been rescheduled for 12:30 p.m. Aug. 17 due to “mutual agreement,” according to Agency Sales & Posting. The auction is scheduled to take place in front of the Nevada City courthouse at 201 Church St. ~Bridget Jones