Man arraigned in 2015 shooting |

Man arraigned in 2015 shooting

A Gardnerville Ranchos man was arraigned on an open murder charge in East Fork Justice Court on Wednesday.

John Edgar 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.