Max Wade, the San Rafael 18-year-old who made national headlines for allegedly stealing celebrity chef Guy Fieri’s yellow Lamborghini and shooting at two teens in Mill Valley from a motorcycle, made a brief appearance in Marin County Superior Court Thursday morning for a status update on his trial.
Wade, who was surrounded by six Marin County Sheriff’s Department deputies, wore a pink and white horizontally striped jail shirt and handcuffs connected to a large chain around his waist. He was clean-shaven and his dark black hair was cut short and neatly combed, with long sideburns reaching down to the bottom of his ears.
At the status update, Judge Kelly Vieira Simmons reviewed the jury selection and trial dates with Defense Attorney Charles Dresow and Deputy District Attorney Yvette Martinez-Shaw.
A change of plea hearing is set for Aug. 27, at 9 a.m. and jury selection is slated to begin on Sept. 12.
In the March 8, 2011 car theft, Wade allegedly rappelled down from the roof of British Motor Car Distributors dealership on Van Ness Avenue in San Francisco, entered through a window and drove away in Fieri's $200,000 bright yellow 2008 Lamborghini Spyder Gallardo.
The latter allegations stem from an April 2012 incident in which a motorcyclist dressed in black with his face shielded by a black helmet with a dark-tinted visor drove up to a Dodge pickup on Evergreen Ave. and shot at the teen couple who sat inside.
In May, Martinez-Shaw argued a storage locker in Richmond was the ultimate connection between the two incidents, as it contained both the Lamborghini and the motorcycle he allegedly used in the shooting, as well as an assortment of items related to the shooting and fake IDs, local police scanner coordinates and a full San Francisco Police Department uniform with a badge and duty belt.
In addition to the allegations facing Wade, the case sparked national interest when an attempted break-in at the Juvenile Hall facility in August 2012, where Wade was held at the time, was linked to the defendant.
Jury selection will occur on Sept. 13, 16 and 19, from a pool of 100 people. Juror questionnaires will be required to be returned by Sept. 27.
After the trial begins on Oct. 4, it will take place on Tuesdays, Wednesday and Thursdays in the afternoon and all day on Fridays.