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Lake Berryessa "Pitchfork" Incident Offender To Stand Trial

Preliminary hearing was Tuesday, Jan. 14, in Napa County Superior Court; trial date not yet set.

Steven Belmont. credit Napa County Department of Corrections.
Steven Belmont. credit Napa County Department of Corrections.
Napa County Superior Court Judge Michael Williams ruled Tuesday that there was sufficient evidence for Steven Belmont to stand trial on multiple charges connected to an incident last August at a Lake Berryessa resort area.

Belmont, of El Dorado County, was freed on $1 million bail pending the jury trial.

The case is high profile due to the severity of the injuries suffered by one of the parties in the incident, Roy Powell. Powell was attacked with a pitchfork, allegedly by Belmont. He suffered brain injuries and was hospitalized for many weeks before being released to recuperate at home.

According to the orders released Tuesday by Williams, Belmont faces the following suspected felonies: attempted murder with gross injury including brain injury, paralysis; mayhem; assault with a deadly weapon other than firearm; and threats to commit crime resulting in death.

Williams declined to set a trial date pending hearings on several pre-trial motions announced Tuesday.


MICHAEL WILSON "TEA PARTY 2014" January 15, 2014 at 07:27 PM
Jail for the next 25 years will be a great place for him.
the duke January 16, 2014 at 02:33 AM
remember hearing this on the scanner,took them over 45 min to get to the scene...
BonV January 16, 2014 at 10:43 AM
If he can post a $1 million dollar bail, I see a big civil lawsuit in his future too.
Tom Davidson January 18, 2014 at 03:34 PM
But...but...why didn't they just call 911 ? That fixes everything .

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