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Weimar double-murder case on track for January preliminary exam

By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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ROSEVILLE – The Placer County District Attorney’s case against Lee Konnerth will be tested in January at a preliminary hearing. Konnerth, 35, was charged with two murder counts shortly after the fatal shooting May 15 of his girlfriend, 30-year-old Sarah Burr of Grass Valley, and their unborn son. Konnerth, a longtime Weimar resident, is due to return to court in North Auburn Monday for an early status conference. The preliminary hearing on the murder charges is to be heard starting Jan. 30 at a court location that has still not been determined. The preliminary examination before a judge would determine whether there are grounds for Konnerth to stand trial on the murder charges and special circumstances of use of a firearm and multiple murders. The special circumstances provide a legal foundation for a death-penalty or first-degree murder case. Konnerth is alleged by authorities to have shot Burr in a domestic violence incident at his home. The second murder charge was delayed for several days until the coroner determined that Burr was pregnant at the time of her death.