DA: Death penalty an option for Alturas shooter
Updated On: Feb 25 2014 10:34:12 PM CST
Cherie Lash Rhoades entered a Modoc County courtroom in shackles and a bulletproof vest.
Lash is facing four counts of murder for the death of her brother Rurik Davis, niece Angel Penn, nephew Glenn Calonico and Sheila Russo.
Additional charges include attempted premeditated murder of Melissa Davis and Monica Davis.
Lash was apprehended and arrested Thursday by Modoc County Undersheriff Ken Richardson, after responding to reports of a shooting at a tiny Indian tribe's headquarters. Richardson arrived to find the ousted tribal leader, Lash, stabbing someone in the parking lot. Richardson handcuffed Lash after another person tackled her.
Cameras were not permitted inside the Modoc County courtroom Tuesday for Lash’s scheduled arraignment.
Proceedings inside the courtroom went quickly. Lash was seated at the defense table with one of her attorneys for about two minutes. During that time, Lash entered a general time waiver, continuing her arraignment to Monday, March 3.
She did not enter a plea.
Modoc County District Attorney Jordan Funk said with the charges against Lash, his office is considering the death penalty.
“We've alleged special circumstances. It's a first degree murder case with special circumstances so, death is on the table. It's not off the table,” explained Funk.
The DA went on to say his office will make a final decision on whether to notify the defense of the intent to seek death after they convene a death penalty review committee. Funk said the entire process could take months.
Alturas is a tight-knit town, many know both the victims and suspect in this case.
When asked about how victim’s family members are fairing through all this, Funk had this to say, “I can't imagine. I can't imagine what it's like to have a loved wife, or sibling … slaughtered in cold blood. I can't even begin to comprehend it.”
Cleaning crews were at the Cedarville Rancheria location Tuesday morning.
Outside the Cedarville Rancheria building, flowers and candles were placed in remembrance of those who lost their lives.
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