A date of May 18 has been set for the jury trial of Slava Olsen, the 20-year-old Isla Vista resident whose alleged assault on Bradley Jones in February led to the Santa Barbara City College student’s death.
Judge Joseph Lodge set the trial date at a hearing Tuesday morning in the Santa Barbara Courthouse. Olsen was present at the hearing but remains in custody at Santa Barbara County Jail.
Public defender Rory Moore represented Olsen at the hearing, which lasted approximately five minutes. In addition to the May 18 trial date, Lodge scheduled a private assessment hearing for May 4. The private hearing will give both the defense and the prosecution a chance to meet with the judge and declare whether they are prepared to proceed with the trial, and also to work out any form of plea bargaining either side might wish to pursue.
Olsen appeared calm throughout the hearing despite being handcuffed and escorted by police. He glanced frequently at a group of his friends who were in attendance, but made no attempt to speak to anyone but his attorney and the judge.
Before court was called to order, one of Olsen’s friends asked the bailiff to pass a bag containing what she said were dress clothes to Olsen so he could change out of his jail-issued jumpsuit for the hearing. The bailiff declined and informed the woman that transferring items to inmates without the jail’s authorization is strictly prohibited.