A Bend man accused of killing a pedestrian, then fleeing the scene on Third Street last January was in court for a settlement conference Tuesday, but in the end, without a settlement, he pleaded not guilty and a trial date was set for next January, about a year after the crash.
For hours, Bret Biedscheid and his attorneys met behind closed doors with Deschutes County Circuit Judge Michael Sullivan.
It took attorneys from both sides six hours of negotiations before it was decided there wouldn't be a settlement.
Biedscheid pleaded not guilty to hit and run and criminally negligent homicide in the death of Anthony Martin.
Martin was crossing Thirrd Street with his bike when he was hit and killed.
Two days after the crash, Biedscheid's lawyer, Stephen Houze, turned Biedscheid's pickup truck over to police. The truck had front end damage and a broken headlight, police said, and a red "blood-like" substance was found on the white pickup, along with tire marks.
Biedscheid is due back in court on Jan.12 for a status hearing. A five-day trial is set for Jan. 17, nearly a year to the day after Martin was killed.
Sullivan also held settlement conferences Tuesday in two other high-profile criminal cases, but neither resulted in a plea deal.
Steven Blaylock appeared in person at the Bend courthouse for the first time since his arrest nearly a year ago in the apparent killing of his wife, Lori Blaylock.
Last March, Blaylock pleaded not guilty to murder and manslaughter charges in connection with his wife's disappearance.
Her body has never been found, even after several searches of the North Santiam River, where police say he put her body.
Court officials said Sullivan wanted to give both parties one more opportunity to settle the case. That did not happen, so Blaylock is still scheduled to go on trial Oct. 25.
Sullivan also held a settlement conference in the case of Dodd Hook, whose SUV crossed the center line of Highway 97 in 2009, smashing into another car head-on, killing Jeanne Coward, 69.
Four months later, Hook was arrested on manslaughter charges.
After the crash, one of Hook's friends told NewsChannel 21 he is a diabetic, and a drop in blood sugar caused him to lose control of his car.
After hours behind closed doors, no settlement was reached, and the conference is scheduled to resume at a later date.