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Reluctant inmate: attempted murder suspect declines to leave jail cell

Court appearance rescheduled for Canyon Country man

Posted: January 8, 2013 7:05 p.m.
Updated: January 8, 2013 7:05 p.m.

The court appearance for a Canyon Country man accused of attempted murder was delayed from Tuesday until Wednesday because the man refused to leave his jail cell, court documents indicate.

Raymundo Soto, 35, of Loretta Lane in Canyon Country, was ordered to appear in Superior Court in Los Angeles on Tuesday to answer to the charges against him. Soto is accused of attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon for allegedly stabbing another man in a Canyon Country home on Feb. 29.

Soto was confined to a wheelchair at the time of the alleged attack. His case was scheduled in a special wheelchair-accessible courtroom in downtown Los Angeles.

Instead of receiving the inmate, court officials received a fax from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department informing the judge that Soto refused to leave his cell.

Court documents obtained by The Signal state: “The court has received a fax from the Sheriff’s Department which indicates that the defendant refuses to leave his cell to come to court.”

“Upon further investigation,” the documents say, “the court is informed that the defendant has been medically cleared and is no longer in a wheelchair.”

Soto has been ordered to appear Wednesday before Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Henry J. Hall in the wheelchair-friendly Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center on Temple Street in preparation of a trial by jury.

In June, Soto appeared in the same courtroom in a wheelchair and entered a plea of not guilty to all charges against him.

In addition to the two felony charges, Soto is also charged with the two misdemeanors: one for concealing a firearm and one for carrying a loaded firearm in a public place.

He was arrested by Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station detectives April 4 and charged with attempted murder in connection with the stabbing.

When he was first arrested, Soto’s bail was set at $500,000, but it has since been set at $1.08 million.

He is being held in custody at Men’s Central Jail in Los Angeles.
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