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Gardner Arraignment Continued, Charges and Enhancements Added to Case

William Gardner III began his arraignment process, charged with the murder of Leslie Pinkston, in Yolo County Court Friday; conflict of interest resulted in new presiding judge and continued hearing.

William Gardner III began his arraignment, charged with killing former girlfriend, Leslie Pinkston, Friday morning in a Yolo County court room, however, his case was continued as a result of conflict of interest.

Yolo Superior Court Judge David Rosenberg said that there was a conflict of interest in the Gardner case, and appointed J. Toney from the conflicts panel to defend him.

Because Toney did not have sufficient time to review the case information, the judge requested a continuance, rescheduling Gardener’s arraignment for Jan. 16, at 8:30 a.m. in Department 4.

Gardner has yet to state his plea, and is currently being held without bail.

Originally held on 187(a) murder charges, court records state that additional charges and enhancements were added to the complaint against him.

Gardner is now being held without bail for discharging a firearm with intent to kill while released on bail, lying in wait, stalking after being convicted of felony stalking, stalking while released on bail for stalking, felon in possession of firearm, an enhancement for committing a crime while released on bail, along with murder.

Read more on the killing of Leslie Pinkston in November here.

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