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Woman Charged In Former Hart District Teacher's Death Due Back

Woman Charged In Former Hart District Teacher’s Death Due Back

A former Saugus High student who stands accused of fatally shooting her mother is due back in court Dec. 5, a court official said Tuesday.


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Laura Purviance, 24, of Woodland Hills, has been charged with the shooting death of her mother, Caroline Purviance, 61, of Woodland Hills, who was a special education teaching assistant for the William S. Hart Union High School District.

Her mother’s body was discovered at her home on the 5600 block of Mason Avenue.

Detective David Peteque of the Los Angeles Police Department is in charge of the investigation.

Laura Purviance went to her mother’s house, shot her in the head and then “just started driving,” he said.

Laura Purviance was arrested Friday by Oregon State Troopers at a rest stop near Medford, Ore.

Laura Purviance pleaded not guilty April 17, after appearing in Van Nuys at Los Angeles Superior Court on charges that she murdered her mother.

She attended Saugus High for a little over year before transferring out of the district.

Caroline Purviance worked for the Hart district from March 1999 to January 2004. She was hired at Valencia High School as an instructional assistant.

She also worked at Saugus and Canyon high schools in the same capacity during her time with the district.

If convicted, she faces up to life in prison.

The case is being prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Elizabeth Ratinoff

Purviance is still in custody after bail was set at $2 million.


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Source: Santa Clarita News


Woman Charged In Former Hart District Teacher’s Death Due Back

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