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Man Accused Of March Murder Pleads Not Guilty

A trial date has been set in Shasta County court for an accused murderer. 58-year-old Steven Schlapia was ordered last week 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. On Thursday Schlapia entered not guilty pleas. His jury trial is set for September 20th.