A Columbia man accused of fatally stabbing his girlfriend's husband has withdrawn a pretrial motion to suppress certain evidence two weeks before his trial is scheduled to begin.
Ronald Lee Sheetz, 42, said few words as his public defender, David Blanck, withdrew the motion Tuesday at Lancaster County Courthouse.
The motion had questioned the legality of five pieces of evidence in the case.
It cited "illegal search and seizure" in obtaining Sheetz's cell phone, clothing and personal pictures; and "illegal custodial interrogation" pertaining to two statements he made to police on Jan. 17, following his arrest. The motion did not mention the nature of statements.
Blanck did not respond to a reporter's requests for comment.
Sheetz is charged with a lone count of criminal homicide for the Jan. 15 stabbing of Michael Oberdorff Sr.
Oberdorff, 44, of the 300 block of South Second Street in Columbia, was conscious when found by police in his bedroom following the incident. He informed police that "Ronald stabbed me," according to police reports.
Oberdorff's wife, Allison Oberdorff, is accused of deleting text messages and misleading police as to how Sheetz entered the home.
She is charged with a felony count of hindering apprehension and providing false information to law enforcement.
Sheetz is scheduled for trial Dec. 5. He is currently being held at Lancaster County Prison where he is not eligible for bail.
Oberdorff is scheduled for trial on Jan. 23. She posted $100,000 bail in February, following her arrest.