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Daughter pleads not guilty in mother’s slaying

Posted: April 18, 2013 4:55 p.m.
Updated: April 18, 2013 4:55 p.m.

A former Saugus High School student accused of killing her mother pleaded not guilty Thursday to a felony charge of first-degree murder, a court official said.

Laura Lutrell Purviance, 24, of Woodland Hills, appeared in Van Nuys Superior Court on Thursday and entered a plea of not guilty to first-degree murder, she said.

Her bail remains set at $2 million.

If convicted, she faces up to life in prison.

Los Angeles Police Department investigators said Laura Purviance shot her mother, Caroline Sue Purviance, on Feb. 13 and fled the area in her mother’s car.

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 Detective David Peteque said.

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

While in Oregon, Purviance waived her extradition rights and was returned to California.

For more than 20 years, Caroline Sue Purviance worked, lived and a raised a family of five children in Saugus.
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