John Upton

Vilkin to stand trial for filmmaker’s death

Vilkin to stand trial for filmmaker’s death

VISTA — A judge ruled on Monday that there’s enough evidence for Michael Vilkin to stand trial for the fatal shooting of John Upton, a well-known filmmaker.

Preliminary hearing date set for Michael Vilkin

Preliminary hearing date set for Michael Vilkin

ENCINITAS — At a readiness hearing Wednesday morning, Michael Vilkin, 61, appeared in court and agreed to a June 11 preliminary hearing.

Not guilty plea in Encinitas filmmaker’s death

Not guilty plea in Encinitas filmmaker’s death

ENCINITAS — Michael Vilkin, 61, pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to the murder charge of John Upton, a 56-year-old filmmaker known for exposing the horrors found in Romanian orphanages.