Hearing Set for Man Charged with Killing Grandmother

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YERINGTON, Nev. (AP) - A Nevada judge has ordered a pretrial hearing Oct. 28 for a 22-year-old California man accused of killing his grandmother from Silver Springs, stealing her car and credit cards and burying her body in a flower bed.

Christopher Masterson waived his right to a preliminary hearing within 15 days during an arraignment Wednesday before Walker River Justice Court Judge Michael Fletcher.

The judge will decide at the Oct. 28 hearing in Yerington if there is enough evidence to bound him over to district court in the death of 73-year-old Peggy Herlacher.

Prosecutors say he moved in with her in July, strangled her, stole her car and buried her body in a backyard in Riverbank, Calif.

He's charged with murder, kidnapping, robbery, credit card fraud and grand larceny.