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Murder Suspects In Court For Conferences

Marco Valencia, accused of causing the death of cyclist Joseph Novotny in July, was in Superior Court in San Fernando Tuesday with his lawyers to discuss a date for his preliminary hearing.

Valencia is scheduled to return will return to court September 29 for another conference.

In another capital offense, Michael Dean Stephens, the lone suspect in the murder of Canyon Country baseball player Josh Pipho after a November 2007 fight in Stevenson Ranch was also in San Fernando Superior Court for a pretrial conference.

According to the court bailiff, Stephens did not waive time and his jury trial could begin in mid-October.