Trial for alleged Sierra College stabber postponed

Defense attorney requested delay for “further evaluation”
By: Lauren Gibbs, The Placer Herald
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The trial for a man accused of stabbing a Sierra College student on campus has been postponed for additional assessment. Paul Thomas Heintz, 23, of Rocklin, faces attempted murder charges for allegedly stabbing Auburn resident Alex Abrahamian on the Sierra College campus March 24, 2009. Heintz reportedly attacked Abrahamian from behind and stabbed him in stomach about five times. Defense attorney Tim Balcom requested the trial’s postponement for “further evaluation.” “I felt another evaluation was necessary,” he said Friday. Balcom said the District Attorney’s Office has been accommodating and they are working together. “Neither one of us want to rush into this,” Balcom said. “Do it once, do it right.” The trial was set for May 3 but has been postponed pending evaluations by doctors, according to prosecutor Jeff Wilson. A preliminary hearing was held Oct. 22, 2009. From the preliminary hearing, the judge found “sufficient evidence to cause him to stand on trial,” said Art Campos, public information officer for the Placer County District Attorney. Heintz in formally charged with one count of attempted murder, as well as one count of assault with personal use of a deadly weapon. He is also charged with a special allegation of use of a deadly weapon and a second special allegation of great bodily injury. During the preliminary hearing, Balcom said he didn’t believe the incident was premeditated. Heintz has pleaded not guilty to all of the charges. Heintz remains without bail at the Placer County Jail.