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Hearing Set For Fatal Shooting Case

Kyle Christopher Jacobs was ordered today to appear for a preliminary hearing Dec. 13.

Attorneys for an accused murderer, whose case was dropped then filed again, appeared in court today to set a December date for a preliminary hearing.

, 26, was ordered to appear Dec. 13 for a hearing to determine whether the evidence presented by a deputy district attorney warrants a trial.

Jacobs has pleaded not guilty to a single charge of murder, court documents indicate.

The charges facing Jacobs are in connection with a shooting April 7 in the 1100 block of North Del Sol Lane that killed , a Walnut High School graduate who was a former roommate of Jacobs at that residence.

Prior charges of murder and unlawful use of a gun were dismissed against Jacobs but new charges were filed by the Los Angeles County District Attorney.

It was unclear today whether the reason charges were dismissed was because Jacobs's attorney, Matthew Kaestner, alleged that an agreement a Sheriff's Department detective made with witnesses made it impossible for Kaestner to subpoena them.

The judge at a hearing in September ordered Deputy District Attorney Thuy Pham to contact each of the 27 witnesses with whom Kaestner wanted to speak. The witnesses were to be given the option to do an interview in person or over the phone.

Witnesses who refused could have been court ordered to grant interviews to investigators.

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