Hearing in Rocklin homicide delayed over question of media access
A hearing for the 14-year-old boy accused of killing his sister in their upscale Rocklin home was postponed Friday as the court weighs whether to allow media to cover the proceedings.
The teenager, the son of a Placer County prosecutor who has handled homicide cases, was scheduled to appear for a status conference in an Auburn juvenile courtroom. But the 1 p.m. hearing was postponed until Nov. 10 so Judge Thomas Warriner can decide whether to grant access to media, said Jeff Cann, superintendent of the Placer County Probation Juvenile Detention Facility.
The Sacramento Bee is not naming the teen because he is a minor and has not been charged as an adult.
He was charged with murder on July 21, two days after his sister, Ashley Wood, 13, was found dead in their house by their mother. The family lived at the end of Monument Springs Road, a Rocklin street of spacious new homes.
Authorities say they found blunt force trauma on Ashley’s body, but would not reveal what type of weapon was located at the crime scene.
Her brother was found by police in a field about a mile away from the home following their arrival. Police said he had fled the scene on foot. He was later taken into custody and held at the Placer County Probation Juvenile Detention Facility in Auburn. He was later moved to the juvenile hall in neighboring El Dorado County.
The children’s father, Jeff Wood, was a prosecutor in the Placer County District Attorney’s Office at the time of his daughter’s death. Citing a conflict because of his employment, the District Attorney’s Office turned the case over to the office of California Attorney General Kamala Harris.