The Docket

Two crime stories of interest to fans will play out in court over the next few weeks.

Christian Gerhartsreiter, charged with the 1985 murder of LASFS member John Sohus, is due in Alhambra Superior Court on January 18 for a preliminary hearing where a judge will decide if enough evidence exists for the case to go to trial.

A defense attorney estimates the hearing will last six days.

Gerhartsreiter first gained notoriety as the impostor “Clark Rockefeller” who was convicted of abducting his daughter and imprisoned in Massachusetts. In 2011 he was extradited to face murder charges in California.

Edward Kramer’s next hearing in his contested extradition proceedings will be February 6. Charged with felony risk of injury to a child last September in Connecticut, Kramer was freed on bond then taken back into custody when Georgia officials, including Gwinnett District Attorney Danny Porter, asked the governor of Connecticut to issue a warrant while they sought his extradition to Georgia where Porter now expects to take Kramer to trial on child molestation charges which have been pending for over 10 years due to a court determination that he was medically unable to assist in his defense.

Kramer reportedly continues to have medical problems treated while in custody. DA Porter told the media:

“The interesting thing is, as (Kramer’s) made more and more medical complaints, they’ve moved him further into the system… Last thing I heard, he was in a maximum security prison.”

Kramer is being held at the MacDougall-Walker Correctional Institution in Suffield, CT.