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Kingsbury Grade shooting suspect attempts to fire attorney, may face competency hearing

Kurt Hildebrand
Kingsbury Grade was closed for more than three hours for an investigation on Wednesday.
Kurt Hildebrand

A Bay Area triple-homicide suspect wants to plead guilty to charges related to an April 26 shootout on Kingsbury Grade so badly that he sought to fire his attorney on Wednesday.

Stefon Demar Jefferson, 43, appeared before East Fork Justice of the Peace Cassandra Jones, who ordered Jefferson to Douglas County District Court on a conditional waiver of preliminary hearing.

Jefferson is scheduled to appear in district court Tuesday, May 21, where Judge Tod Young will be asked to order an evaluation to see if Jefferson is competent to stand trial.

Jefferson asked Jones if he could plead guilty and how he could fire his appointed attorney, Kris Brown.

“I didn’t mean to bring this drama here to Nevada,” he said before being cut off.

Jefferson faces charges of attempted murder of a peace officer, assault with a deadly weapon, eluding police and a variety of others in connection with a chase that began in South Lake Tahoe and ended on Kingsbury Grade near Foothill Road.

During the pursuit down Kingsbury, deputies were able to knock the rear end of the Toyota that Jefferson was driving, causing it to slide to a stop.

Jefferson came out shooting, hitting Sgt. Ron Miller in the hand, according to authorities. Deputies returned fire, grazing Jefferson, who got back into the Toyota and continued down Kingsbury.

He tried to turn down Sierra Shadows and ended up losing control of the vehicle.

On Wednesday morning, investigators closed Kingsbury Grade from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to re-enact the incident.

At least one justice court hearing was delayed because a defendant’s lawyer was stuck by the jail lockdown that has become procedure when dealing with Jefferson.

Jefferson is being held on $1 million cash bail in Douglas County.

Three California jurisdictions were involved in homicides Jefferson is accused of committing earlier on April 26, including his cousin in Oakland, whose vehicle he was driving.

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