SLO man accused of killing his mother pleads not guilty

Christopher John Shumey
Christopher John Shumey

A San Luis Obispo man accused of murdering his mother entered a not-guilty plea Tuesday in San Luis Obispo Superior Court, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

Christopher Shumey, 34, entered his plea before Judge Michael Duffy to charges of murder and assault with a firearm against a policeman.

Shumey tried to plead guilty last month in the shooting death of his mother, Karen Shumey, on Sept. 17 at Beach and Buchon streets.

But Duffy rejected the plea, saying he had been advised by the attorneys handling the case that Shumey had a mental health history and wanted to examine the facts of the case and Shumey’s background first.

Shumey had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, he told investigators after his arrest, saying that he’d “felt off” for about a month before the shooting.

Shumey’s public defender, Pierre Blahnik, said he wouldn’t support his client’s request for a guilty plea at his arraignment last month. Duffy on Tuesday entered the not-guilty plea. Shumey is scheduled to appear for a pre-preliminary hearing Nov. 15.