Michael Loftin will face trial in Del Norte Superior Court for the shooting death of Romeo Glaze in 2014.
According to District Attorney Katherine Micks, the court found enough evidence in a preliminary hearing held Monday and Tuesday to believe Loftin could have committed the crime and ruled he faces charges of homicide and a special allegation for use of a firearm in the commission of a homicide.
Loftin is scheduled back in court Jan. 17 for arraignment on the charges.
Loftin entered a plea of not guilty in August after being arrested and accused of confessing in June to killing Glaze. Deputy DA Todd Zocchi asked for Loftin’s arrest after reviewing reports on the case by the California Department of Justice and the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office.
“Subsequent investigation revealed that Loftin admitted to multiple people, including at least, one family member, to killing Romeo Glaze,” Zocchi’s declarations stated at the time. “Additional investigation resulted in a percipient witness (eyewitness) to the homicide giving a recorded statement that Loftin killed Glaze.”
Glaze was 26 when he was reported missing by his sisters in March 2014. His body was found in Klamath Glen nearly a month later and DOJ investigators reported the cause of death was a single gunshot wound to the head.
Loftin is familiar to local law enforcement and court officials, as he has had several encounters with each over the years.
County court records show Loftin has made 35 appearances since 2002, eight of them on criminal cases.
In 2009, Loftin was in court for assaulting a prisoner in a holding cell while awaiting another court appearance. At the time, a combination of assault arrests and probation violations made him ineligible for bail.
In October 2014, Loftin avoided trial by pleading guilty to stabbing another person in the arm with an eel hook.
In June, Zocchi explained that a second strike conviction was not included in the charges because while the 2014 case did result in a felony strike, it occurred after the date of the homicide.