Trial Set for Defendant in Prosecutor’s Slaying

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

A judge Wednesday set bail and a Nov. 10 trial date for a man charged with the stabbing death of a Kern County assistant district attorney.

Chris Hillis is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Stephen Tauzer, found in his garage in a pool of blood, a knife sticking out of his head, the weekend of Sept. 13, 2002. Hillis has pleaded not guilty.

Judge Robert D. Randall ordered Hillis held in lieu of $2.5-million bail. Defense attorney Kyle J. Humphrey had asked for $1-million bond.