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Feb 13, 2014 2:29 PM by KSBY Staff

Paso Robles man charged with murder makes first court appearance

The man charged with murder after last week's deadly shooting in rural Paso Robles appeared in court for the first time Thursday morning, but did not enter a plea.

John Steven Danner, 23, has been charged with one count of murder. That charge also includes an enhancement of using a firearm causing great bodily injury and death, according to the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney's Office.

Danner was arrested last Friday after the incident in the 700 block of Klau Mine Road where Billy Don Law, 47, from Paso Robles, was found shot to death.

Danner's mother, Christine Ruda, 51, was also shot, but was treated and released from the hospital the same day.

A motive for the shooting has not been released, but officials say Danner is claiming he was trying to defend someone else when the shooting occurred.

After Danner's arraignment on Thursday, Ruda told reporters, "My son saved my life."

Deputies say that Ruda, Danner and Law all lived in the house in rural Paso Robles, about 14 miles west of downtown.

Danner is scheduled to be back in court next week.

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