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.
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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.