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.
Information from: Oroville Mercury-Register,

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

AP-NY-10-24-08 1427EDT

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