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The man accused of killing a Calistoga High School graduate will face a jury trial later this week, a Sonoma County official said.

Christopher McNatt, 40, of Sonoma, is accused of beating to death Ron Savageau, on March 20 in Boyes Hot Springs in Sonoma County. The trial is set to begin Friday at the Sonoma County Courthouse in Santa Rosa.

Savageau, 64, who grew up in Calistoga and graduated from high school in 1968, was found dead and stuffed in a blue plastic 55-gallon drum left outside Sonoma City Hall.

He lived in Cazadero at the time of his death and was reported to be visiting a friend in the Acacia Grove Mobile Home Park off Highway 12 just outside of the city of Sonoma.

Shortly after the plastic drum was reported, a police officer pulled over McNatt on the suspicion of driving under the influence.

McNatt had what appeared to be dried blood on his hands and shoes and was speaking incoherently, a deputy testified in a preliminary hearing.

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About the same time, a call came over the police radio about the discovery of a dead body at City Hall.

McNatt, who has prior serious felonies, faces charges of first-degree murder with special allegations and the personal use of a deadly or dangerous weapon, Sgt. Cecile Focha of Sonoma County Sheriff’s office said.

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The Weekly Calistogan Editor

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