Atascadero man arraigned in shooting death of neighbor

ppemberton@thetribunenews.comJune 18, 2013 

Mark Alan Andrews, 49, of Atascadero was arrested Friday, May 24, 2013, on suspicion of murder. Original story »

The preliminary hearing for an Atascadero man charged with murder in the shooting death of his neighbor will be held July 16, a judge said Tuesday.

As Mark Andrews, 49, was led into the courtroom for his felony arraignment, his mother, seated in the audience, wiped away tears. Andrews, who reportedly has a history of mental illness, is charged with fatally shooting Colleen Barga-Milbury, 52, on May 22. According to court documents, Andrews is a schizophrenic, who believed he felt evil coming from the victim before he knocked on her door and shot her twice with a lever-action .30-30 rifle.

Andrews has pleaded not guilty in the case.

Prior to the hearing, Andrews’ attorney, Ilan Funke-Bilu, had asked jail staff to provide his client with a shave and a haircut, Funke-Bilu said. When Andrews appeared in court unshaven, with long hair, Funke-Bilu requested Superior Court Judge Barry LaBarbera issue an order to the jail, providing a shave and haircut.

During his preliminary hearing, police will testify that Barga-Milbury was shot once in the abdomen and once in the head. After the shooting, Andrews allegedly returned to his home and placed the rifle in a cabinet in his bedroom.

Barga-Milbury’s 15-year-old son was in school during the shooting.

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