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The Santa Maria man charged with shooting his younger brother in February will wait until next month for a preliminary hearing date to be set. 

Fernando Navarro, 19, faces felony charges of involuntary manslaughter with special allegation use of a firearm; negligent discharge of a firearm with a special allegation of causing great bodily injury to the victim; and illegal possession of a firearm from a prior misdemeanor probation case from 2017.

Navarro's case returns to court April 5, when a preliminary hearing date is slated to be set. 

Leonardo died Feb. 3 from an unintentional shooting that occurred at the Navarro home in the 600 block of West Polk Street. He pleaded not guilty Feb. 6. 

Last month, Navarro was granted temporary release to attend his younger brother Leonardo's funeral, under the terms that his family paid sheriff's deputies upfront to accompany him during the services. 

Navarro's attorney Sara Elturk requested the judge allow him to attend the funeral, stating that the entire family, including her client, were devastated, and that it was "important for his entire family to grieve together at this time." 

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The judge granted the request, despite the prosecution's objections that concerns had been raised by sheriff's deputies about accompanying the defendant to the funeral, as well as the fact the defendant had been charged in connection to a homicide. 

Services were held at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, and 13-year-old Leonardo was laid to rest at the Santa Maria Cemetery on Feb. 21. 

Gina Kim covers crime and courts for Santa Maria Times. Follow her on Twitter @gina_k210

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