Alleged Alturas shooter pleads not guilty

Mar 3, 2014 1:46 PM

Cherie Rhoades, the woman accused of fatally shooting four people during a tribal eviction meeting pleaded not guilty to four counts of murder, and two counts of attempted murder.

Police say Rhoades, former chairwoman of the Cedarville Rancheria tribe, shot and killed the four people during a meeting at tribal headquarters about evicting her and her son from tribal land Thursday February 20.

The Alturas Police Department has identified the four people who died in the shooting at the Cedarville Rancheria Tribal Office at 300 W. 1st Street in Alturas. The victims included the suspect's brother, 50-year-old Rurik Davis, her niece, 19-year-old Angel Penn and her nephew, 30-year-old Glenn Calonicco. The other deceased victim was 47-year-old Shelia Lynn Russo.

Prosecutors plan to seek the death penalty and Modoc County DA Jordan Funk said “There's no indication from the facts we have so far to suggest she's anything other than entirely competent to stand trial or proceed with litigation”.

Rhoades waived the right to a speedy trial and was denied bail, she is due back in court April 23 at 11:30 a.m.


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