Manse on Marsh involuntary manslaughter case moves forward to trial

Posted at 12:39 AM, May 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-05 13:20:33-04

An involuntary manslaughter case involving the owner and a former employee of the Manse on Marsh assisted living facility in San Luis Obispo is moving forward to trial.

The decision was made Friday by a San Luis Obispo County Superior Court judge following the fourth day of preliminary hearing proceedings, which have been taking place periodically for several months. 

Last year, Christopher Skiff, the owner of the assisted living facility, and former employee Gary Potts were arrested and pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter and elderly and dependent adult abuse following the death of resident Mauricio Edgar Cardenas. 

The 65-year-old was hit and killed by a car 10 miles from the facility in December 2014.

A spokesperson for the Manse on Marsh sent the following statement to KSBY Wednesday: "While we are disappointed that this matter is proceeding to trial, we are confident the legal process will affirm our innocence."

The attorneys for both Skiff and Potts have not yet responded to requests Wednesday for comment. 

Court calendars show Skiff and Potts are due back in court Monday.