Tree-Sitter Charged With Attempted Murder Pleads Not Guilty

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People's Park tree-sitter Matthew Dodt pleaded not guilty to charges including attempted murder today at Wiley W. Manuel Courthouse in Oakland after being arrested Friday morning.

Dodt, who is being detained at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin, is charged with attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon and disorderly conduct. He entered a not guilty plea for all charges.

During the arraignment Zadik Shapiro, Dodt's lawyer, echoed Dodt's earlier assertions that he was defending himself from a man identified as "Mr. White," who Shapiro said was advancing on the tree Dodt occupied.

Addressing a motion by Shapiro, Judge Rhonda Burgess denied a request to lower Dodt's $100,000 bail after viewing a police report.

Burgess cited Dodt's clean rap sheet as a plus, but admitted that a pending misdemeanor and the violent nature of his alleged crimes forced her to maintain his bail.

Dodt's pre-trial is set for Feb. 17, with a preliminary examination of evidence is scheduled for Mar. 16.

True Shields is the lead courts reporter. Contact him at [email protected]

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