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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 (Editor) 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

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