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Acton Murder Trial Likely To Start Next Year In Lancaster

Acton Murder Trial Likely To Start Next Year In Lancaster

The case against a man accused in the shooting of another man after an argument over a parking space in Acton is scheduled to be continued next year, according to the deputy district attorney prosecuting the case.


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After a two-hour hearing at a Lancaster court in August, Scott Shipley, 56, of Acton, was held to answer to a first degree murder charge in the May 15 shooting death of 39-year-old Christopher Demyen, also of Acton.

There’s also an allegation that Shipley personally discharged a firearm causing great bodily injury or death, said Tom Trainor, deputy district attorney for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, in an interview after Shipley first pleaded. “There’s no (plea deal) being discussed.”

The two sides have a tentative trial date set for Jan. 27, with a “trial readiness conference set for Jan. 6, Trainor said.

At that time, the case could have its timeline re-evaluated, according to officials with the District Attorney’s Office.

Demyen was shot once in the chest, in front of the home of Fernando Franco, who lives on the 1500 block of Eagle Butte Road.

Shipley allegedly became upset when an Acton Water Co. truck blocked the path to his home, according to evidence presented at Shipley’s preliminary hearing.

Shipley then called Demyen, who owns the water company, documents show.

The driver of the truck told Shipley that he would be leaving in about 20 minutes; however, Shipley left the scene with his daughter, his vehicle blocking the Acton Water Co. truck, according to court testimony.

An argument ensued between Demyen and Shipley after Demyen arrived on the scene.

Shipley allegedly pushed Demyen, a small fight ensued and during that fight, Shipley pulled out a gun and fired one shot into Demyen’s chest, according to evidence presented by the prosecution during the preliminary hearing.

Despite the aid of paramedics, Demyen died at the scene of the alleged fight.

Shipley pleaded not guilty when he was initially charged July 24.

Shipley is being held at Twin Towers Correctional Facility in lieu of $2 million bail.

The case is being heard in Dept. A21 at the Michael D Antonovich Antelope Valley Court, which is part of the Los Angeles County Superior Court system.


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