Hearing set in Ranchos shooting case
A Feb. 2-3 preliminary hearing has been set in the case of a Gardnerville Ranchos man accused of open murder in the death of his girlfriend’s grandson.
The hearing will determine whether there is sufficient evidence to hold John Edgar Stalcup, 56, for trail in the shooting of 19-year-old Ian Toepfer.
Stalcup admitted to investigators from the start that he shot Toepfer, but said he did so accidentally.
Toepfer punched Stalcup in the face a few hours before the fatal shooting, breaking Stalcup’s nose and eye socket.
Stalcup, 56, is free on $25,000 bail in connection with the Aug. 18, 2015, shooting of 19-year-old Ian Toepfer in the head. Toepfer died the next day.
Justice of the Peace Tom Perkins read the charge to Stalcup, appointing attorney Derrick Lopez to represent him and set a Nov. 2 hearing date.
The charges were the subject of a July 7 inquest where the jury found Toepfer’s death was by criminal means.
In an interview with investigators shown to the inquest jurors, Stalcup admits shooting Toepfer, who was his girlfriend’s grandson, but said it was an accident.
The shooting occurred after a fight earlier that night when Toepfer hit Stalcup in the face, breaking bones in his nose and eye. Toepfer left the scene with his grandmother, but returned a short time later when he was shot.
Stalcup admitted to have been drinking beer that night and had a .024 blood alcohol content more than three hours after the shooting occurred.
As one of his bail conditions, Stalcup cannot possess or consume alcohol.