Gunman pleads not guilty |

Gunman pleads not guilty

Gregory Crofton, Tahoe Daily Tribune

A South Lake Tahoe man pleaded not guilty Thursday in El Dorado County Superior Court to charges that accuse him of using a shotgun to disfigure and inflict serious injury on his 28-year-old grandson.

If convicted on those charges and a weapon charge, Bayless, 71, could receive a maximum sentence of more than 41 years in prison.

Judge Jerald Lasarow set the trial to start Oct. 28 , with a pretrial hearing scheduled Oct. 17.

Bayless has been jailed since April when a prosecutor from the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office filed a charge that claims he was a convicted felon in possession of a shotgun.

Last month, after completing his investigation of a shooting, which took place last August, the prosecutor, Anthony Sears, filed the charges related to the shooting against Bayless.

Joshua Stone, Bayless’ grandson, is back in his hometown of Champaign, Ill., where he lives in a home for the disabled. He is in constant pain and paralyzed from the waist down.

Stone came to South Lake Tahoe to meet his grandfather for the first time and to escape personal problems, said his mother, Janette Stone.

Bayless has already served time in prison for at least two crimes. In 1977, he was convicted of a lewd act with a minor at Reno. In 1989, he was convicted of statutory rape at Washoe County.

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