By Michael P. Neufeld
San Bernardino, CA – The man suspected of killing his wife last year returns to court for a pre-trial hearing.
The accused man, Brandt Bailey Bater, now 63, allegedly shot his wife — 61-year-old Faith Ellen Bater — in their residence in Twin Peaks residence on February 25, 2011. He is being held on $1 million bail and will appear in San Bernardino County Superior Court Department S-17 at 8:40 a.m. on Friday, December 7, for a pre-trial hearing before Judge Kenneth Barr.
A trial readiness hearing has also been scheduled. It will be held at 8:20 a.m. on Friday, December 14. Judge Barr has set a jury trial to begin at 10 a.m. on Monday, December 17, in Department 17-A.
On November 15, Bater entered a not guilty plea to all counts and the Public Defender was reappointed, according to court documents.
A 9-1-1 call from Brandt Bater sent deputies to the residence in the 500 block of Sunset View Road in Twin Peaks after he told operators he had accidentally shot his wife while trying to shoot their dog.
Deputies and Crest Forest Fire personnel responded to the address and upon arrival found Faith Bater with a single gunshot wound to the head and not breathing. Paramedics pronounced her dead at the scene.
Homicide detectives originally charged the man with manslaughter but later amended the complaint charging him with murder after detectives reportedly discovered additional evidence.
Bater remains in custody at the Adelanto Detention Center on $1 million bail. (1217)