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* Marin County Teen Max Wade Ordered To Stand Trail For Attempted Murder And Lamborghini Theft

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A judge on Monday ordered a San Rafael teenager to stand trial for attempted murder and allegedly stealing celebrity chef Guy Fieri’s $200,000 Lamborghini. Marin County Superior Court Judge Kelly Vieira Simmons ruled that there is enough evidence to try 18-year-old Max Wade for the attempted murder of two teens on April 13 in Mill Valley, and the theft of the Lamborghini from the British Motor Car Distributors building in San Francisco in March 2011. The judge also held Wade to answer to charges of commercial burglary and possession of a stolen automobile. Wade will re-enter pleas to the charges on Nov. 1. San Francisco police Inspector Matthew Hanley testified during the four-day preliminary hearing that the Lamborghini thief climbed down a rope and entered an open second-story window at the auto dealership at 999 Van Ness Ave. around 4:30 a.m. on March 8, 2011.

The thief then cut a lock on a roll-up gate facing Olive Street and drove to Tiburon in Fieri’s bright-yellow sports car that was being serviced at the dealership, Hanley said. Prosecutors allege that Wade also attempted to murder Landon Wahlstrom and Eva Dedier, now 19 and 18 respectively, last April by pulling up on a black motorcycle next Wahlstrom’s Dodge truck on Evergreen Avenue in unincorporated Mill Valley and firing five bullets into the truck. Neither Wahlstrom nor Dedier was struck, but both were cut by shattered glass, and both testified about the shooting. The prosecution alleged that Wade tried to kill the pair because Dedier had rejected him romantically and was dating Wahlstrom.

A Marin County sheriff’s investigator testified that a Redwood High School student he interviewed said Wade had told him that Wahlstrom had his girlfriend. Authorities focused on Wade as a suspect in the shooting after Dedier identified him in a surveillance video as the customer who had purchased a black motorcycle helmet and clothing at a Cycle Gear store in San Francisco, a Marin County sheriff’s detective testified. Dedier, working with detectives, then arranged to meet Wade at the Safeway store in Mill Valley on April 28, ostensibly to take a ride in the Lamborghini Wade claimed he bought in Newport Beach, a Marin County sheriff’s detective testified. When Dedier didn’t show up, Wade headed back to a storage facility in Richmond. Detectives followed him and arrested him around 5 p.m. that day. They found the black motorcycle, helmet, black clothing, fake identification, climbing gear and the gun used in the shootings inside the storage facility, Marin County sheriff’s detectives said.

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