On the docket (03/04/2020)


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As reported in the March 4, edition of the Pioneer Review.

Martin Ehrke

The wheels of justice continue to move slowly in the case of Martin Ehrke, the man charged with the murder of two women at his family’s ranch in Arbuckle more than two years ago. Ehrke, on Feb. 26, continued to waive his right to a speedy trial to allow more time for his defense. He is accused of killing Kimberly Lynn Taylor, 39, and Jessica Lynn Mazak, 25, by blunt force trauma.

Ehrke is expected in Colusa County Superior Court today for the resetting of a Miranda hearing, which could determine whether there were any violations of Ehrke’s Miranda rights during his initial interrogation by law enforcement, and whether his statements will be allowed at trial. While Ehrke was declared mentally competent to stand trial on July 3, Ehrke’s attorney, John K. Hinely, notified Superior Court Judge Jeffrey A. Thompson last week that he had not received all the medical records under subpoena that are needed for a review of Ehrke’s mental heath. Ehrke has pleaded not guilty. The case is scheduled for review at 8:30 AM.

Carl Shelton Byrd, Jr.

A man charged in 2018 who pleaded not guilty to being a felon in possession a firearm, ammunition, and drugs, is scheduled to appear today in Colusa County Superior Court for the setting of trial. Carl Shelton Bryd Jr. was arraigned on the charges Nov. 20, 2018, after the Colusa County Sheriff’s Office Task Force served a search warrant at his Williams residence after receiving an anonymous tip. He is also scheduled to enter a plea on charges of failing to appear in court and committing another offense while out on $50,000 bond. Byrd Jr. was scheduled for trial setting on Jan. 6, but was detained at the Sutter County Jail on unrelated criminal charges. He is on the docket for 8:30 AM.

Elden Henry Tamez

Former police officer, Elden Tamez, is expected to appear in Colusa County Superior Court today to enter a plea on grand theft charges. He is also scheduled for the setting of a preliminary hearing on embezzlement charges. Tamez was arraigned Dec. 10 on suspicion of stealing from the Colusa Police Department’s K9 and Peace Officers Association. He was arrested at his home on Jan. 28 on suspicion of stealing a wallet and cash from murder victim Karen Garcia and stealing guns from the CPD. He is on the docket for 8:30 AM. Tamez has pleaded not guilty.

Michael Gene Jones Jr.

Accused bank robber Michael Jones is scheduled to appear in court today for setting of trial in connection to a July 5, 2019, bank robbery in Arbuckle. Jones, through his defense attorney, may consider a sentencing deal with the District Attorney’s Office after investigators testified that DNA evidence connected him to the incident. Jones is on the docket for 1 PM.