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Trial Date Set in Killing of Foothill High Student Tina Faelz

PLEASANTON PATCH: Foothill High Student Tina Faelz was stabbed to death while walking home from school in 1984.
PLEASANTON PATCH: Foothill High Student Tina Faelz was stabbed to death while walking home from school in 1984.
Steven Carlson, charged in the 1984 killing of his Foothill High classmate Tina Faelz, is scheduled to stand trial this fall, according to the Alameda County District Attorney's office.

Carlson, 45, was arrested almost a year ago in the killing of Faelz, who was 14 when she was stabbed 44 times while walking home from school.

His trial date is Oct. 14, at 9:30 a.m., in Dept. 11 of the Rene C. Davidson Courthouse in Oakland, according to Eamon O'Connor of the Alameda County District Attorney's office.

The case took some time to sort out originally because the courts had to decide whether Carlson would stand trial as a juvenile or an adult. He was 16 at the time of the slaying.

Police tracked Carlson down thanks to new DNA technology that wasn't available at the time of the killing. They were able to identify blood on a purse found hanging from a tree at the killing scene as being from Carlson.

Carlson, 45, is being held without bail at Santa Rita jail. 

Supporters of Faelz have been keeping track of the case on this Facebook Page.

Autumn Johnson January 13, 2014 at 04:56 PM
Trial Begins Today for Suspect Accused in 1984 Murder of Tina Faelz http://pleasanton.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/jury-trial-begins-today-for-suspect-accused-in-murder-of-tina-faelz
E.S.V. May 19, 2014 at 12:59 AM
Do you know when the trial actually begins!!?? I'm here in Texas, so I don't get local news. I really want to follow the trial as closely as I can since I am indirectly involved. I was one of the two people who found Tina's body that day in 1984. I've known all along who did it, but when I told the PPD, they just laughed and sort of blew me off!! Years later when you guys wrote an article on the 25th anniversary of her murder I called the PPD again in 2009, told them who I thought committed the crime&why, and once again got the brush off!! Now that he's been sitting in Prison for the last few years awaiting trial I think to myself;"How many other victims are out there??" He was basically free to roam around the Santa Cruz area for many years, unsupervised, etc..I had also heard that(it's on record)that he raped a 14yr old girl!!?? Had the PPD done their job, maybe that might not have happened??Who's to say?? Please keep me/Us updated. I've been told that for some reason this trial continues to be postponed!!?? Why??
E.S.V. May 16, 2014 at 10:15 PM
tHANK YOU jESUS FOR FINALLY BRINGING THIS SCUMBAG TO TRIAL AND WHERE HE BELONGS!!! I was one of the people who found Tina's lifeless body that day 30 years ago, and I've known from day one that this creep did it!! I have some info. that isn't common knowledge about motive, etc.. Why the PPD never interviewed me is beyond my comprehension!!?? I would make an excellent witness because I know some things that not everyone else knows. I told the police the day after it happened who I thought did it, and they just basically laughed, and blew me off!! How sad, that these law inforcement officials thought so little about my testimony at the time because I was 16yrs old. Sad. Anyway, I'm glad Tina is finally getting justice, I'm just saddened that her mother will not be around(Physically) to hear the verdict. They should put this scumbag to death immediately!! He deserves no mercy, he's had almost 30yrs of "Freedom" to think about what he did.

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