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Reluctant inmate makes appearance in San Fernando court

Posted: February 5, 2013 12:00 p.m.
Updated: February 5, 2013 5:53 p.m.

A Canyon Country man who last month refused to leave his jail cell to answer a charge of attempted murder appeared in San Fernando Superior Court Tuesday, a court official said.

Raymundo Soto, 35, was ordered to appear back in court next month.

Soto is accused of attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon for allegedly stabbing another man in a Canyon Country home last Feb. 29.

Previous to his appearance Tuesday, Soto had been confined to a wheelchair and ordered to appear in a special wheelchair-accessible courtroom in downtown Los Angeles.

In June, he appeared in that courtroom and entered a plea of not guilty to all charges against him. Last month, after he was deemed to be fit enough to come to court without the wheelchair, he refused to leave his cell for a court appearance.

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

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

His bail remains set at $1.08 million.
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