Murderer in big trouble for writing bad checks |

Murderer in big trouble for writing bad checks

The trial of Robert Rameses, a 44-year-old charged with passing more than $2,000 in bad checks in El Dorado County, began last week in South Lake Tahoe. It is set to resume Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. in El Dorado County Superior Court.

Rameses, who dropped out of the federal witness protection program in 1997 to visit his terminally ill mother, pleaded no contest in 1988 to four murders in Florida and is facing murder charges in New Jersey stemming from a homicide in 1984.

Because of his previous convictions and California’s three-strike law, Rameses could face 25 years to life in prison if he is convicted on the bad checks charge.

His trial was moved from Placerville to South Lake Tahoe in February after the defense filed a change of venue motion claiming attorney-client confidentiality was compromised when jailers opened Rameses’ mail.

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