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Santa Clarita Valley Murder, Attempted Murder Cases Have Court Dates

Santa Clarita Valley Murder, Attempted Murder Cases Have Court Dates

There are trial updates for several Santa Clarita Valley court cases in the news this week, according to officials with the District Attorney’s Office.

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The cases for a woman accused of fatally shooting a former Hart district special education assistant, a man accused of stabbing his son and a man accused of murdering his neighbor after an argument were all in court this week.

Daughter accused of murder in mother’s death

Laura Purviance, 25, of Woodland Hills, stands accused of fatally shooting her mother, Caroline Purviance, who taught at Valencia High, and was ordered to stand trial in February after her preliminary hearing.

Related article: Former Saugus High Student To Stand Trial For Mother’s Murder

Purviance pleaded not guilty Tuesday at her formal arraignment. Her case is eligible for the death penalty because of a special allegation that accuses her of lying in wait.

Officials with the District Attorney’s Office did not have information Tuesday on whether the death penalty would be pursued.

Purviance is due back in court May 7 for a pretrial conference.

She is being held without bail in a Lynwood jail facility.

A father accused of stabbing his son in Saugus

Michael Phillipson, 56, of Saugus, was booked on an attempted murder charge March 20, according to Sheriff’s Department records.

Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station deputies responded to a home on the 27300 block of Catala Avenue in Saugus around 6:43 p.m. The elder Phillipson was booked less than an hour later.

Phillipson allegedly was arguing with his 23-year-old son over the use of a car, according to Sheriff’s Station records.

If a meeting Wednesday doesn’t result in a plea deal for the case, a preliminary hearing is scheduled for Friday.

Phillipson was released from custody April 3 after posting bail, which was reduced at a hearing.

Acton man accused in shooting death of Santa Clarita Valley water distributor

Scott Shipley, 56, of Acton, is scheduled to have his trial start between now and next week, according to officials with the District Attorney’s Office.

After a two-hour hearing at a Lancaster court in August, Shipley, was held to answer to a first degree murder charge in the May 15 shooting death of 39-year-old Christopher Demyen, also of Acton.

Related article: Acton Murder Trial Likely To Start Next Year In Lancaster

There have been scheduling difficulties because Shipley missed a court date last week for an undisclosed reason.

There’s an allegation that Shipley personally discharged a firearm causing great bodily injury or death, said Tom Trainor, deputy district attorney for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, in an interview after Shipley first pleaded. “There’s no (plea deal) being discussed.”

Shipley is being held at Twin Towers Correctional Facility in lieu of $2 million bail.

The case is being heard in Dept. A21 at the Michael D Antonovich Antelope Valley Court, which is part of the Los Angeles County Superior Court system.

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Source: Santa Clarita News

Santa Clarita Valley Murder, Attempted Murder Cases Have Court Dates

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