Man denies murder charge |

Man denies murder charge


An Oct. 27 trial was set in the case of a Fish Spring resident accused in the 2013 fatal shooting of his caretaker.

Melvin O. Norlund, 81, appeared in Douglas County District Court on Tuesday, where he entered an innocent plea in the shooting.

Norlund waived his right to a trial within 60 days to give his attorney time to prepare for the trial.

Norlund has remained in Douglas County Jail since he was arrested on Nov. 21, 2013. District Judge Tod Young left Norlund's bail at $1 million on Tuesday.

He is accused of shooting 51-year-old Catherine Mary Costanza with a shotgun.

Norlund told investigators he threatened to shoot Costanza's dog in an argument. He claimed Costanza, a Concord, Calif., resident, grabbed the barrel of the shotgun and it went off.

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East Fork Justice of the Peace Tom Perkins found there was sufficient evidence that a crime had been committed.

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