Local pleads not guilty to knifing

Victim in hospital since Monday’s stabbing
By: Penne Usher Journal Staff Writer
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Michael Lane appeared to be crying as Judge James Garbolino said Wednesday afternoon in an Auburn courtroom that the attempted murder suspect will remain incarcerated without bail. He pleaded not guilty to all charges. Lane, 32, of Auburn has been charged with attempted murder for allegedly stabbing 21-year-old Britton Reed, 21, several times during an early Monday morning fight. Reed is recovering at Sutter Roseville Medical Center after being treated for multiple stab wounds. Lane was in Placer County Superior court along with his attorney, Robert Young. Lane was charged with felony attempted murder with a special allegation that he used a knife, personal use of a deadly weapon and an allegation of causing great bodily injury. He pleaded not guilty to all charges. According to law enforcement officials Lane and Reed were involved in an argument around 2 a.m. outside Bob and Betty's 160 Club on Cleveland Street in Auburn, which escalated. That reportedly turned into a physical altercation and the two ended up on the ground fighting, said Lt. Scott Burns of the Auburn Police Department. Reed was stabbed multiple times reportedly with a folding knife that was recovered at the scene. Lane's attorney requested the court hear a motion for bail reduction. Judge Garbolino ordered Lane be held, at least for the time being, without bail. It was at this point that Lane dropped his head and appeared to be crying. He waved to his mother, who was in the courtroom, as she left. Following Young's advice, Lane's family has declined to comment. Lane is scheduled to return to court at 1:30 p.m. Friday. His bail will be addressed at that time. The Journal's Penne Usher can be reached at or post a comment on