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UPDATE: Woman returned from Oregon to face charges of killing mother

Posted: February 27, 2013 12:45 p.m.
Updated: February 27, 2013 6:23 p.m.

A former Saugus High School student was in jail in Van Nuys Wednesday accused of murdering her mother after homicide detectives brought her back from Oregon, said the detective in charge of the case.

Laura Lutrell Purviance, 24, of Woodland Hills, appeared in Van Nuys Superior Court Wednesday on a felony charge of first-degree murder, court papers show.

Her arraignment was put over to next month, at which time, she is expected to be prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Elizabeth Ratinoff.

Purviance’s bail remains set at $2 million.

If convicted, she faces up to life in prison.

“On the 13th of February, she shot her mom (Caroline Sue Purviance), which caused the death, and she fled in her mom’s vehicle,” Los Angeles Police Department Detective David Peteque told The Signal Wednesday.

“She ended up in Oregon,” Peteque said of the daughter. “And we narrowed down where she was.”

Caroline Sue Purviance, 61, who worked as a special education instructional assistant for three local high schools, was found dead inside her daughter’s home on Mason Avenue in Woodland Hills on Feb. 14, LAPD officers said last week.

On Feb. 15, about 4 a.m., Oregon state troopers arrested Purviance in the Valley of the Rogue State Park rest area along Interstate 5, about 13 miles north of Medford and about 20 miles from the California state line.

While in Oregon, the 5-foot-10-inch, 170-pound woman waived her extradition rights, allowing Peteque to bring her back to Los Angeles. Peteque flew to Medford and returned to Los Angeles with her on Tuesday, he said.

“She was very cooperative,” he said.

Although he couldn’t share much information about the case, Peteque said the murder did not follow an argument between the victim and her daughter as reported by some media.

The felony complaint for arrest warrant, filed Feb. 19, alleges Laura Purviance personally and intentionally discharged a handgun.

A funeral service for Caroline Sue Purviance is scheduled at 2 p.m. Saturday in Pasadena at All Saints Church.
For more than 20 years, she worked, lived and a raised a family of five children in Saugus.
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