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Court Date Delayed For 18-Year-Old Alleged Father-Slayer

Daniel Cartwright was ordered back to court Jan. 10.

A Rosemont man who allegedly killed his father four days after his 18th birthday, then called law enforcement authorities, appeared in court Thursday for a hearing but the matter was put off until next year.

Daniel David Cartwright was ordered back to court Jan. 10 for a settlement conference, at which both sides speak to a judge as to whether a plea agreement has been reached.

If no agreement is reached, the next phase of prosecution -- a preliminary hearing -- takes place.

At a preliminary hearing -- sort of a mini-trial -- the prosecution presents evidence so that a judge can determine whether a trial is warranted.

Sacramento County Sheriff's deputies received a call about 10:40 a.m. Nov. 6 from the Monte Bello Apartments at 4001 South Watt Ave., according to Sacramento Sheriff's Department Spokesman Jason Ramos.

The caller said he had shot his father, according to police.

It appears the shooting took place "several hours before the suspect called the Sheriff's Department," according to a news release. 

"The reason for this delay, as well as the motive for this crime, remains unknown at this time," the release stated.

To read more about the case, please click here.

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