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Man charged with murder in stabbing death has March court date

Wesley Hampshire accused of killing Auburn’s Matthew Steele
By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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A Placerville man remains jailed and will make a March 4 court appearance on allegations he murdered an Auburn man Jan. 16.

Wesley Ronald Hampshire, 18, was arrested on suspicion of murder shortly after the stabbing death of 20-year-old Auburn resident Matthew Martin Steele.

Hampshire remained in jail Tuesday in Placerville on a no-bail hold. He was arraigned the day after his arrest. William Clark, El Dorado County’s chief assistant district attorney, said Tuesday that Hampshire has lodged a not guilty plea and is next scheduled to appear in court March 4.

The appearance will be for a pre-preliminary hearing, Clark said.

Clark added that both defense attorney Adam Weiner and prosecutors are awaiting finalized sheriff’s investigation reports.

According to the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office, there was an altercation Jan. 16 in the Brown’s Road and Cold Springs Road area, a 23-mile drive southeast of Auburn and four miles past Coloma.

The sheriff’s office is not identifying the type of implement used in the stabbing.

Steele, a Placer High graduate, went into cardiac arrest after being stabbed. He was pronounced dead at nearby Marshall Hospital that evening, about two hours after the altercation.

Hampshire was arrested at his residence on Brown’s Road and taken into custody on a single count of murder. Defense attorney Weiner was not available to comment on the case.

Hampshire’s court appearance will be at 1 p.m. in El Dorado County Superior Court’s Department 1.