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RIVERSIDE: Woman in court in murder, arson case

02 May

The Riverside woman accused of arson, murder and elder abuse in the deaths of her parents is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday in Superior Court in Riverside.

The 8:30 a.m. arraignment in Dept. 41 for Deborah Marie Clark, 46, was postponed from last week at the request of the defense so she could be examined by a psychiatrist and doctor. Family members say Clark is developmentally disabled and has the mental capacity of a 6-year-old.

A half hour after talking with Deputy Public Defender Christine Juneau for about 10 minutes court last week, Clark did not appear to understand that Juneau is an attorney.

Harley Clark, 75, died in the April 20 fire, and his daughter was charged with murder. Linda Clark, 73, died April 27. Riverside County district attorney’s spokesman John Hall said Wednesday morning that a decision on whether to file a second murder charge had not been made.

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