Sunday, 25 February 2024

Oliver preliminary hearing has another delay

LAKEPORT A man accused of stabbing to death a neighbor last November was due to appear in court for a preliminary hearing Thursday, but the case has had another delay.


Ivan Garcia Oliver, 30, was due in Lake County Superior Court Thursday morning.


He's accused of the murder of Michael Dodele, 67.


Oliver is alleged to have stabbed Dodele to death in the trailer Dodele recently had moved into in the Western Hills Mobile Home Park in Lakeport. He also is facing charges for having been in possession of shank he had fashioned from a toothbrush in the Lake County Jail.


Chief Deputy District Attorney Richard Hinchcliff said the Thursday preliminary hearing was canceled because Oliver didn't have an attorney to appear with him.


Oliver's defense attorney, Bruce Laning, last week left his position with Lake Legal Defense Services Inc., which provides indigent defense services in Lake County, said Stephen Carter, who administers the program.


Hinchcliff said the case was held over until Monday, at which time they'll discuss rescheduling the preliminary hearing.


"I think it's just going to be continued to August to get an attorney appointed for him," said Hinchcliff.


Carter agreed that the case may not return to court until August, which he said will be determined Monday.


This isn't the first time Oliver's preliminary hearing has been delayed.


His preliminary hearing, which will determine if he will be held for trial, was originally scheduled for May.


Oliver had been transferred by the US Marshal's Office to San Diego County, where he's facing federal charges in an illegal dumping case, as Lake County News has reported.


Although officials had assured Hinchcliff that Oliver would be back in Lake County in time, he didn't arrive in time for the hearing, having been taken at one point to Kansas City.


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