Woman Booked On Murder Charge Has Hearing Delayed
A former Saugus resident accused of in the shooting death of her mother will be back in court next month after her preliminary hearing was delayed.
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Laura Purviance, 24, of Woodland Hills, is accused of shooting her mother at her mother’s Woodland Hills home, and then fleeing to Oregon, where she was arrested by state troopers and then brought back to Los Angeles.
Purviance pleaded not guilty to one count of murder on April 18.
When she re-appears in court on June 25, a judge is expected to be presented with evidence, and will then make a determination on whether there is enough evidence to substantiate charges.
Caroline Purviance, 61, of Woodland Hills, was a special education teaching assistant for the William S. Hart Union High School District, was fatally shot in her home Feb. 13.
Caroline Purviance worked for the Hart district from March 1999 to January 2004. She was hired at Valencia High School as an instructional assistant. She also worked at Saugus and Canyon high schools in the same capacity during her time with the district.
Purviance’s body was discovered in the 5600 block of Mason Avenue, where her daughter lived.
Detective David Peteque of the Los Angeles Police Department was in charge of the investigation.
Laura Purviance went to her mother’s house, shot her in the head and then “just started driving,” he said.
Laura Purviance was arrested Friday by Oregon State Troopers at a rest stop near Medford, Ore.
She attended Saugus High for a little over year before transferring out of the district.
Purviance is still in custody after bail was set at $2 million.
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