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Sunday, January 27, 2008

[CA] Justice for slain deputy's wife Janet Kovacich delayed again

...It was the second time an attorney for Kovacich had successfully filed a declaration of prejudice against a judge chosen to preside over the defendant's trial...

Previous entries:
- [CA] Janet Kovacich, a deputy's wife, disappeared.
- [CA] Kidnap added to murder-of-Janet Kovacich charge

Kovacich murder case postponed yet again
Auburn Journal, CA
Thursday, January 25, 2008
A case of murder against a former Placer County Sheriff sergeant has once again been postponed. Paul R. Kovacich Jr., of Foresthill, was in a Placer County courtroom Thursday along with his public defender John Spurling. A motion has reportedly been filed by the defense to continue the trial that had been tentatively scheduled to begin in March... Kovacich was arrested Sept. 6, 2006 and charged with the 1982 murder of his young wife, Janet Kovacich. A partial skull, found at Rollins Lake, was determined by the California Department of Justice to belong to Janet Kovacich. The prosecution contends that a small hole in the skull cap is consistent with a bullet hole...

Judge withdraws from murder trial
Sacramento Bee, USA
Art Campos
January 25, 2008
A judge who has presided over some of Placer County's high-profile criminal cases in recent years disqualified himself Thursday from the upcoming trial for Paul R. Kovacich Jr., a former sheriff's sergeant accused of having murdered his 27-year-old wife in 1982. Superior Court Judge Larry D. Gaddis withdrew after Kovacich's attorney, John Spurling of the Placer County Public Defender's Office, filed a motion to have Gaddis disqualified on the belief that the judge is prejudiced against his client. Reasons or actual proof for such a belief does not have to be stated in such a motion... It was the second time an attorney for Kovacich had successfully filed a declaration of prejudice against a judge chosen to preside over the defendant's trial...

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