Authorities didn’t perform a blood-alcohol test following a 17-hour standoff with Joseph Corey, who is accused of killing a Sacramento County animal control officer, according to Deputy District Attorney Hilary Bagley-Franzoia.
Police captured Corey, 66, who was hiding in a home shortly after police said he shot and killed Roy Marcum, in late November 2012.
During Friday’s preliminary hearing in Sacramento Superior Court, Officer Derrick Metzger of the Elk Grove Police Department said Corey appeared to be under the influence of alcohol or narcotics when talking to police via cellphone.
But police didn’t perform a blood-alcohol test following the standoff, because after 17 hours, they would not have been able to determine whether he had been drinking when police believe he fired the shot that killed Marcum, Bagley-Franzoia said. He also could have been drinking in the hours between the shooting and his arrest, Bagley-Franzoia said.
On Friday, a judge ruled that the evidence presented during the hearing justified a trial, which is set to begin July 9.