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Murder suspect in Auburn man’s stabbing death appears in Placerville court

By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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An 18-year-old Placerville man charged with murder in the stabbing death of Auburn’s Matthew Martin Steele made a brief appearance in a Placerville courtroom Monday.

Wesley Ronald Hampshire’s attorney Adam Weiner requested that proceedings be postponed until April. William Clark, El Dorado County chief assistant district attorney, said Weiner asked for the delay because he was lacking all information he wanted from the investigation.

A pre-preliminary hearing – which could establish a date for a preliminary hearing – will now take place April 8 in Placerville.

Steele, 20, was killed Jan. 16 in the Brown’s Road and Cold Springs Road area, about 23 miles southeast of Auburn. Hampshire was jailed after his arrest and he remains in sheriff’s custody on a no-bail hold.

Steele, a Placer High graduate, died at Placerville’s Marshall Hospital, about two hours after the stabbing.