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Prosecutors seek death penalty for quadruple killing

By Kelli Saam
Published On: Feb 25 2014 08:51:44 AM CST
Updated On: Feb 25 2014 10:00:00 AM CST
ALTURAS, Calif. -

Tuesday morning a quadruple murder suspect will make her first court appearance to be charged in a deadly shooting spree that took place on Feb. 20, in Alturas.

Court documents revealed new details about the case against 44-year-old Cherie Lash Rhoades.

Court documents reveal the Modoc County Undersheriff Ken Richardson, responding to reports of a shooting at a tiny American Indian tribe's headquarters Thursday, arrived to find the ousted tribal leader stabbing someone in the parking lot.  Richardson handcuffed Lash after another person tackled her.

A criminal complaint filed Monday in Modoc County Superior Court charges former Cedarville Rancheria chairwoman Cherie Lash Rhoades with four counts of murder and two counts of attempted murder.

District Attorney Jordan Funk said prosecutors will seek the death penalty because four people were killed in the knife and gun attack.

In the criminal complaint, prosecutors said Lash shot each of the six victims with a 9-millimeter handgun and stabbed one of them.

The Cedarville Rancheria attorney said Lash was being evicted from the tribal housing because she was under investigation for missing tribal funds.

Lash was removed as tribal chairwoman three weeks ago.

She will be arraigned Tuesday.