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Alleged SCV graffiti vandal ordered to preliminary hearing

Posted: April 25, 2013 12:09 p.m.
Updated: April 25, 2013 12:09 p.m.

A preliminary hearing was set Wednesday for a young man described as a prolific graffiti vandal who allegedly spray-painted property across the Santa Clarita Valley 160 times, a court clerk said.

Nicolas Palma, 19, of Newhall appeared Wednesday in San Fernando Superior Court on a dozen felony counts of vandalism, the clerk said.

Palma was arrested originally on a felony charge of possessing a controlled substance. County prosecutors reviewing the case, however, added a dozen more felony charges of vandalism to the list.

According to a copy of the criminal complaint sworn out against him by Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office prosecutors, Palma is accused of 12 counts of vandalism resulting in damage exceeding $400.

Palma remains in custody at the North County Correctional Facility at Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic with bail set at $170,000.

He was ordered to appear back in court next month for a preliminary hearing, the clerk said. During that hearing, prosecutors will present evidence in the case, and the defense can respond, after which the judge will decide if the case should go to trial.
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