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Attempted murder defendant misses court appears for 3rd time

Judge ordered Raymundo Soto out of wheelchair for court appearances

Posted: June 11, 2013 5:42 p.m.
Updated: June 11, 2013 5:42 p.m.

A man charged with attempted murder, who was confined to a wheelchair when arrested a year ago, missed the start of his trial Tuesday when he failed to appear in court for the third time, a court clerk said.

Raymundo Soto, 35, was expected to appear in San Fernando Superior Court for a pre-trial conference Tuesday but failed to appear, the clerk said.

Soto is accused of attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon for allegedly stabbing another man in a Canyon Country home Feb. 29, 2012.

“He was not in court,” the clerk said Tuesday. “He was (labeled) a miss-out by the Sheriff’s Department.”

A “miss-out” is a term used by court officials to explain a defendant’s failure to appear in court due to problems associated with his transfer to court from jail.

Tuesday marked the third time Soto was listed as a “miss-out.”

Soto’s difficulty making court appearances began when a judge transferred his case from the wheelchair-friendly Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center in downtown Los Angeles to the San Fernando court.

His first “miss-out” happened in February, when he refused to leave his jail cell, a court official said at the time.
Prior to that, he was confined to a wheelchair and ordered to appear in Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center.

In June, he appeared in that courtroom and entered a plea of not guilty to all charges against him. He was deemed to be fit enough to come to court without the wheelchair.

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.

His bail remains set at $1.08 million. He is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday.
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