BOISE — A Meridian man accused of shooting and killing his wife in March has a trial date in November.

Eric Steiner, 42, is charged with first-degree murder and the use of a deadly weapon in the commission of that crime, in connection with the March 5 death of his wife, 41-year-old Christine Steiner. He was arrested hours after she died, when he called Ada County Dispatch and told a dispatcher he had shot and killed his wife at their home in the 500 block of Chateau Drive in Meridian.

Since his arrest that evening — which by all accounts was cooperative and uneventful — he has remained in the Ada County Jail on a $2 million bond. On June 4, a magistrate judge ruled there was enough evidence for the case to move ahead, and scheduled a hearing for Thursday.

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On Thursday, according to minutes from the court hearing, Steiner didn’t enter a plea — he stood silent. It’s a rare event, but when it occurs, a judge enters a plea of not guilty for a defendant who refuses to enter a plea.

In Steiner’s case, 4th District Court Judge Samuel Hoagland entered a not guilty plea on his behalf. He scheduled a two-week jury trial to begin Nov. 4; Steiner is scheduled to appear in court again before that, on Oct. 10.

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