Rhonda Parker / @ 12:24 p.m. / Courts

February Trial Set for Eureka Attorney Charged With Bringing Loaded Handgun Into Courthouse


PREVIOUSLY: Local Attorney ‘Forgets’ Loaded Pistol in Briefcase While Attempting to Enter the Humboldt County Courthouse, Says HCSO

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A Eureka attorney charged with bringing a loaded handgun into the courthouse in August is scheduled for trial in February.

This morning Judge Christopher Wilson set a Feb. 5 trial for Andrew Joseph Stunich, accused of entering the courthouse with a loaded .32-caliber handgun in a side pocket of his briefcase. The weapon was apparently spotted when it passed through a scanner.

“I plead not guilty and ask for a jury trial and request discovery,” Stunich told the judge today.

The District Attorney’s Office filed two misdemeanor charges against Stunich: carrying a loaded firearm in a city and bringing a firearm into a public building. Until now his case was in an early-resolution court, but negotiations there apparently did not go his way.

Stunich represented himself this morning, but he told Wilson the law firm of Zachary Zwerdling has agreed to defend him at trial. He is making his own “routine appearances,” he said.

Stunich has said he is licensed to carry the gun, and he simply forgot it was in his briefcase.


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