A Stanislaus County Superior Court judge has scheduled a preliminary hearing to start March 18 for a defendant accused of murder in the death of a 30-year-old man found three years ago along a rural road north of Modesto.
Authorities say James Foster is responsible for the murder of Modesto resident Brian Morris.
The victim’s body was found June 11, 2010, along Costner Road. The night Morris was killed, he and Foster were captured on security camera footage at the Stop N Save at Standiford Avenue and Carver Road in north Modesto.
Morris put gas in a Ford Taurus that he’d argued with Foster about the week before his death, according to Stanislaus County sheriff’s detectives. The car was the same make and model as a car that had been stolen from one of Morris’ friends.
Foster’s nephew, Gregory Fisher, initially was charged with Morris’ murder. Prosecutors have since dropped the murder charge against Fisher and charged him with being an accessory in the man’s death.
Fisher is scheduled to return to court Jan. 17 for a pretrial hearing in his case.
The judge scheduled Foster, who remains in custody, to return to court Feb. 10 for a pretrial hearing.