Oroville Woman Accused In Mother's Samurai Slaying

OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) - An Oroville woman has been arraigned in the death of her 62-year-old mother, who authorities say was attacked with a samurai sword in her home.

Investigators say 36-year-old Rachael Porteous was free on bail and awaiting sentencing for using her car to assault a male friend when she attacked her mother, Theresa Shaw.

Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey said Porteous' sister called 911 around 2 a.m. Tuesday after finding her with their mortally wounded mother at the mother's home.

Shaw had sought a restraining order last year after telling police her daughter was on drugs and acting strange, but apparently allowed her to stay at her home the night of the attack.
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Information from: Oroville Mercury-Register,
http://www.orovillemr.com

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

AP-NY-10-24-08 1427EDT


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