Sacto 9-1-1
November 7, 2011
Accused Rio Linda axe killer pleads insanity

RB Axe Murder 3.JPGThe Rio Linda man accused in the axe murder of a victim he wrongly suspected of breaking into his house pleaded not guilty today by reason of insanity.

Deputy District Attorney Sheri Greco said Steven Zinda entered a dual plea of not guilty and not guilty by reason of insanity to the March 20 killing of David Valdez, 20, in a field at Q and Second streets near the defendant's home.

Zinda, 30, is due back in court Dec. 20 when the doctor's reports on his case are expected to be completed.

Photo caption: Steven A. Zinda listens to proceedings during a preliminary hearing in Sacramento Superior Court on Tuesday, October 25, 2011. Photo by Randall Benton / rbenton@sacbee.com

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