The preliminary hearing for a Jupiter man accused of murder was postponed on Friday at the Tuolumne County Superior Court pending the delivery of outstanding discovery to the defense.
Matthew Robert Moreno Grogg, 23, has pleaded not guilty to the charge of murder in the death of Scott Rockey, 31, who was found dead in a marijuana garden on his property in Jupiter on Oct. 17 by Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office deputies.
Grogg arrived at Department 1 of the court Friday morning in a red Tuolumne County Jail jumpsuit and was escorted by two Tuolumne County Sheriff’s deputies. Grogg has been in the custody of the jail on $1 million bail since his arrest on Oct. 23.
Grogg, who wore black glasses and had a tattoo on his upper back and neck, did not speak in court.
His attorney, Hallie Gorman, made a motion to postpone the preliminary hearing because she had not received discovery documents.
Tuolumne County Assistant District Attorney Eric Hovatter did not oppose the motion and added to Judge Donald Segerstrom that he expected the preliminary examination to take two to three hours.
Segerstrom scheduled a new preliminary examination for 1:30 p.m. Jan. 23 in Department 1 after Hovatter said a detective who was expected to testify would be available.
A pre-preliminary hearing was also scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Jan. 9 at 1:30 p.m. in Department 4 to check on the status of the discovery documents.
Segerstrom confirmed that Grogg chose to waive time in the speedy adjudication of his trial, and Grogg signed a document to put his request in the court file.
Grogg’s previous hearing was on Oct. 25, when he pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Grogg was arrested less than a week after Rockey was found dead on his property in the area of Rose Creek Circle and Italian Bar Road outside of Twain Harte in the community of Jupiter.
According to Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office logs, someone on Italian Bar Road and Rose Creek Circle called the Sheriff’s Office at 10 p.m. Oct. 16 to report that her “boyfriend was just shot in the head.”
Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Andrea Benson previously stated that “specific details or motive for the killing” would not be released during the investigation.
A Sheriff’s Office representative previously commented on the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page and said more than 12 plants were found on the property at the site of the murder.