CARLSBAD — A 40-year-old man charged with the slaying of his former girlfriend will have to stand trial for her murder, a San Diego Superior Court judge ruled Oct. 22 at a preliminary hearing in a downtown San Diego courtroom.
Jonathan Scott French, of La Costa, is charged with the first-degree murder of Jennifer Stark, a popular North County court reporter. Prosecutors allege the killing took place on the evening of July 31 in Stark’s Carlsbad home after the two had gone out for drinks and dinner.
Stark, 43, is survived by her teenage son and daughter. She worked as a court reporter at the San Diego Superior Court house in Vista for the last nine years.
Because of Stark’s relationship to Vista Superior Court, the case is being handled in downtown San Diego.
French remains in custody on $15 million bail. His trial is scheduled for Feb. 23