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Man Charged With March Murder Appears In Court

A preliminary hearing for an accused murderer was held in a Shasta County courtroom Tuesday. 58-year-old Steven Schlapia was ordered to answer to charges including first degree murder with special circumstances and torture for the March 16th shooting death of 47-year-old Jimmy Wade Schwerdt outside Schlapia’s home off Bear Mountain Road. During a manhunt following the killing, Schlapia was found about a mile south of his home on Portero Drive. Schlapia will return to court July 28th.