Thousand Oaks Man Charged With Killing His Mother During Argument Pleads Not Guilty

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Christopher Schneider is shown in a photo released by the Ventura County Sheriff's Office on Feb. 10, 2020.
Christopher Schneider is shown in a photo released by the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office on Feb. 10, 2020.

A Thousand Oaks man pled not guilty on Tuesday to charges of killing his mother, officials announced.

Christopher Schneider, 31, was charged with one count of murder with a special allegation that he personally used a knife during the commission of the crime, the Ventura County District Attorney’s office announced Tuesday.

Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies found Nancy Standish-Schneider, 66, unresponsive with multiple stab wounds on Feb. 4 at about 2:23 p.m. in the 900 block of Woodlawn Drive, officials said.

An investigation revealed that the mother and son were involved in an argument that “escalated into violence,” and Schneider allegedly stabbed his mother multiple times before attempting suicide by stabbing himself, officials said.

Standish-Schneider was rushed to Los Robles Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Her son was hospitalized for injuries that were later determined to be self-inflicted, officials said.

He is in custody with bail set at $3 million.

Schneider’s hearing is scheduled for Friday at the Ventura County Superior Court and an early disposition conference is scheduled for March 11.

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