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Witnesses, discovery delay ex-cop’s prelim

By: Bridget Jones, Journal Staff Writer
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The preliminary hearing for the former CHP officer charged with murder-for-hire has been continued to September. Ruben Cesar Salgado, 37, sat in a courtroom in the Auburn Historic Courthouse Wednesday morning as his attorney, Daniel Nicholson, and the prosecutor, Doug Van Breemen, discussed the case in Judge James Garbolino’s chambers. Salgado was arrested July 15 at the Governors Inn on Richards Boulevard in Sacramento for allegedly attempting to hire someone to commit murder against a woman being called “R.M.” In later court proceedings it was learned that “R.M.” sold Salgado drugs, which led to his original arrest in May on various drug-related felonies and misdemeanors. The California Highway Patrol fired Salgado June 30. He had worked for the agency for 12 years. Salgado was out on bail when he was arrested in July. Salgado mostly looked straight ahead Wednesday as news cameras focused on him from the side of the room. Salgado’s preliminary hearing was originally scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, but has been continued. During a preliminary hearing the prosecution presents evidence and witnesses in the case to explain why it should go to trial. A trial assignment to set a date for the next preliminary hearing is scheduled for Sept. 10 in Dept. 33 in Roseville’s Bill Santucci Justice Center. The preliminary hearing will be set for the following week and is expected to take a full day, according to Van Breemen. Van Breemen said there were a couple of reasons why the preliminary hearing had to be continued. “We provided some new discovery today,” he said outside the courtroom. “We also had some witnesses that had to be in another courtroom in another county.” The witnesses in question were law enforcement officers, Van Breemen said. Three men who appeared to be witnesses were in the courtroom Wednesday. Van Breemen said he couldn’t comment on the new discovery. Nicholson declined to comment over the phone after the hearing about the case or Salgado’s current demeanor. Salgado is being held in Placer County Jail and is ineligible for bail. Reach Bridget Jones at bridgetj@goldcountrymedia.com