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Trial set for Ruben Salgado

By: Bridget Jones, Journal Staff Writer
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The ex-cop charged with multiple drug felonies and murder-for-hire is scheduled to go to trial at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 8. The trial date was set Tuesday morning in Auburn’s Placer County Jail courtroom. Ruben Cesar Salgado, 37, who was a 12-year veteran with the California Highway Patrol before being fired June 30, was originally arrested in May on drug-related felonies and misdemeanors. He was out on bail when he allegedly attempted to hire someone to commit murder against a woman who allegedly sold him drugs and might testify against him at trial. At 8:30 a.m. Nov. 5 in Dept. 33 of Roseville’s Bill Santucci Justice Center, Salgado will be assigned a courtroom and judge for the trial, according to Art Campos, spokesman for the Placer County District Attorney’s Office. According to Campos, Judge Larry Gaddis asked how long the trial was expected to take, and Prosecutor Doug Van Breemen said he expected it to take four or five days. Tuesday’s proceeding was also a second arraignment for Salgado, which is customary after a preliminary hearing has taken place. His attorney, Daniel Nicholson, entered pleas of not guilty, Campos said. On Sept. 16 Salgado waived his right to a preliminary hearing after Judge Jeffrey Penney denied a request to close it to the public. Salgado is being held in Placer County Jail and is ineligible for bail. Reach Bridget Jones at bridgetj@goldcountrymedia.com