Alleged Sierra College stabber makes court appearance

Defense attorney waiting for more evidence
By: Jenifer Gee Journal Staff Writer
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The defense attorney for a man accused of stabbing a Sierra College student on campus said Tuesday he’s convinced his client was not trying to kill the victim. Paul Thomas Heintz, 22, of Rocklin, appeared in Placer County Superior Court Tuesday morning for an early status conference. He is formally charged with one count of attempted murder, one count of assault with personal use of a deadly weapon, a special allegation of use of a deadly weapon and a second special allegation of great bodily injury. Heintz has pleaded not guilty to the charges. The charges stem from a March 24 incident during which Heintz is alleged to have attacked and stabbed a Sierra College student from Auburn on the school’s Rocklin campus in the mid-afternoon while classes were in session. In the felony complaint filed March 26 by Deputy District Attorney Jeff Wilson, it is alleged that Heintz’s “attempted murder was willful, deliberate and premeditated.” Heintz’s attorney, Timothy Balcom, says his client was not planning to murder the victim. “I know he was not trying to kill him,” Balcom said Tuesday. He said he is working the District Attorney’s Office to collect more evidence about the case. “The District Attorney has provided certain police reports,” Balcom said. “It is my understanding that the District Attorney has more evidence they will be turning over to me.” He declined to comment on details of the case at this time. Heintz is scheduled to appear in Placer County Superior Court June 30. The Journal's Jenifer Gee can be reached at or post a comment.