Grover Beach man yells he is innocent of murder during hearing

By KAREN VELIE

The Grover Beach man accused of the brutal murder of an Oceano activist repeatedly interrupted the judge at a hearing today to espouse his innocence, before he pled not guilty.

James Krause, 41, is charged with the brutal murder of 90-year-old Lawrence Albert Bross of Oceano. On Jan. 24, 2019, one of Bross’ neighbors found his battered body in his home. He had been beaten and stabbed.

After detectives identified Krause as a suspect in this case, DNA evidence identified Krause as the killer, according to the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office.

During Thursday’s hearing, Krause yelled out repeatedly that he needed four months to write letters and look people up.

“This is a really serious case threatening my life,” Krause said. “I am innocent. I need four months.”

Krause’s Public Defender Steve Rice asked the judge to set bail. Deputy District Attorney Eric Dobroth then asked Judge Hernaldo Baltodano to be set bail at $1 million.

However, Judge Baltodano wanted no bail set because of public safety issues and new laws that allow indigent defendants out on minimal bail, even if set at $1 million.

Rice then asked for justification for no bail as it was not a capital crime case. Judge Baltonado then set Krause’s bail at $1 million.

While the judge granted Krause’s request for a four month delay in the murder case moving forward, he scheduled Krause to return to court on April 22 on other charges and for a bail review.

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