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DA files murder charge against Quincy resident UPDATED

4:15 p.m. UPDATE: The case has been continued until May 31, at 1:30 p.m. Public defender Bill Abramson has been appointed to represent Magers.

Plumas County District Attorney David Hollister filed a two count criminal complaint against Owen Walker Magers, age 38 of Quincy, today, May 30, stemming from an incident at a Quincy residence on May 27 where a 71 year old man died.

In the criminal complaint, Magers is charged with one count of murder along with an enhancement for using a knife and a baseball bat as deadly and dangerous weapons. Count two alleges a felony violation of arson of an inhabited dwelling. If convicted, Magers may face up to 34 years to life in state prison. Magers is presumed innocent of the charges of which he is being accused.

Magers remains in custody at the Plumas County Correctional Facility with bail being set at $ million. Although initial charges have been filed, the investigation remains ongoing and active. Magers is scheduled to be arraigned this afternoon before the Honorable Janet Hilde.

District Attorney David Hollister noted his appreciation for the outstanding response and investigative efforts of the Plumas County Sheriff’s Office, California Highway Patrol, Quincy Volunteer Fire Department and the California Department of Justice. Hollister also expressed his condolences to the friends and family of the victim who perished in this horrible tragedy.

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