Ex-Blast coach Wittman gets another continuance in Calif.

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May 16, 2006|By JAGDIP DHILLON | JAGDIP DHILLON,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Former Blast coach Tim Wittman received another continuance on his pre-trial conference date yesterday in Stockton, Calif.

The hearing is now scheduled for Monday. Keith McIntosh, deputy district attorney for San Joaquin County, said Wittman's attorney, Harry Hudson, couldn't make yesterday's appearance because he was handling another case in Sacramento. McIntosh said he would oppose any further continuance requests, but the final decision on that would be made by a judge.

McIntosh said Wittman's attorney has not attempted to make a deal.

"I've had no contact other than the first couple court appearances," McIntosh said. "We haven't discussed the case at all."

Wittman is charged with two counts of battery after allegedly pushing an official and shoving a penalty box attendant after the Blast's game against the California Cougars on March 18 at Stockton Arena. McIntosh said the maximum punishment is up to a year in county jail and/or a fine of up to $2,000.

Wittman was suspended by the Major Indoor Soccer League after the game, and the league later extended the suspension for two years and fined him an undisclosed amount.

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