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Acton man bound over for trial in murder case

Dispute between two men centered on blocked access to one man’s home

Posted: August 20, 2013 3:33 p.m.
Updated: August 20, 2013 3:33 p.m.

An Acton man was ordered to stand trial today for murder in the shooting death of a fellow Acton man last spring during a dispute over a water truck, court officials said.

Scott Russell Shipley, 56, charged with murder in the death of 39-year-old Christopher Lawrence Demyen, appeared Tuesday in Antelope Valley Superior Court in front of Superior Court Judge Christopher Estes for a preliminary hearing.

“The court held the defendant to answer to one count of murder with an allegation that Shipley personally and intentionally discharged a firearm,” said Shiara Dávila-Morales of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Shipley is scheduled to be arraigned on the felony charge Sept. 20, she said.

Deputy District Attorney Tom Trainor said the two men were fighting over the location where a water truck was parked when the shooting occurred May 15.

Demyen owned the Acton Water Company, and an Acton water truck was parked in front of Shipley’s home, blocking access to the residence, Trainor.

A pushing match between Demyen and Shipley led to the shooting.

“The allegation (Shipley) intentionally discharged a firearm was part of the (murder) charge,” Trainor said.
The preliminary hearing took just a few hours, the prosecutor said.

“We presented three witnesses and the court held him to answer to the charge,” he said.

Shipley remains in custody in Los Angeles at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility with bail set at $2 million.
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