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Preliminary Hearing Delayed For Man Accused Of Murdering Lake Elsinore Mom

A preliminary hearing scheduled Thursday for 41-year-old Ronald Wayne Paoletto was vacated and rescheduled for Aug. 4, with a pre-preliminary conference set for Aug. 2.

The family of a murdered Lake Elsinore woman appeared en masse at the Joshua Tree Superior Courthouse for her alleged killer’s pre-preliminary conference only to be frustrated yet again.

A preliminary hearing scheduled Thursday for 41-year-old was vacated and rescheduled for Aug. 4, with a pre-preliminary conference set for Aug. 2.

The purpose of a preliminary hearing is to determine if enough evidence exists to hold a suspect over for trial.

Deputy District Attorney Jamie Adams explained the hearing was continued because a new deputy district attorney is taking the case and “will have to get up to speed.”

About a dozen of ’s friends and family members milled about outside the courtroom Tuesday morning. Some were wearing white T-shirts bearing an image of Petro, a smiling young woman with blue eyes and blonde hair.

The body of the 33-year-old mother of two was discovered Jan. 11 in Pipes Canyon Wash near Landers in San Bernardino County. The cause of death has not been released.

Petro was last seen Jan. 4 leaving her Lake Elsinore apartment complex with Paoletto, who was her boyfriend. Her family reported her missing Jan. 7.

Paoletto, a registered sex offender, was arrested Jan. 10 in Hesperia on suspicion of violation of the Sex Offender Registration Act. He pleaded not guilty Jan. 14 to the first-degree murder charge.

Petro’s aunt, Marie Butero of La Habra, for whom Petro was named, spoke of the sadness, anger and frustration the family is dealing with in the aftermath of the murder.

“This has devastated our whole family,” she said.

Butero admitted she couldn’t say out loud what she wants to see happen to her niece’s accused murderer.

“I want justice for my niece and the family left behind,” she said.

Becky hill June 15, 2011 at 04:45 PM
He better not get away with it we all know hes guilty!
Gizelle Rosello Jacques June 15, 2011 at 06:38 PM
I am Tanya's sister in law and all I can say is that the most difficult part is every time the family drives all the way out there they postpon and postpon but if that what it takes to make sure that the people responible for the horrible death of Tanya pay to the full extent of the law then so be it. Of course we want it now but it needs to be done right. Speedy trial we wish I know I want him to pay with his life and nothing less. I have faith in our system and in Gods one way or another he will pay.
mary June 15, 2011 at 07:40 PM
I am Tanya's cousin and it's very hard to deal with them postponing the court date all the time but I want them to get all the evidence that they can get so he can be locked up for life!!! God knows he is guilty!! We have a tuff road ahead of us going to trial and the long drive but that's what family is for and justice will be served!!!
Shirley Robison June 15, 2011 at 09:32 PM
i hope he gets the chair and what about his ex wife wasnt she involved? i am a friend of tanya and her mother

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