Trial Set To Begin For Santa Clarita Woman Accused Of Mother’s Murder -- June 23, 2015

The trial for a woman accused of shooting and killing her mother more than two years ago is expected to begin next week, District Attorney officials said Tuesday.

Jury selection is expected to begin June 29 at 10:30 a.m. for 26-year-old Laura Lutrell Purviance who allegedly killed her mother, 61-year-old Caroline Purviance, a former Hart district teaching assistant, in her home in February 2013.

Laura Purviance has been in custody since February 2013, after  she was arrested after her mother, Caroline Purviance, was murdered.

Caroline Purviance, of Woodland Hills, who was a special education teaching assistant for the William S. Hart Union High School District, was fatally shot in her home Feb. 13, 2013.

Purviance, who was arrested Feb. 22 by Oregon State Troopers at a rest stop near Medford, Ore., appeared in a Van Nuys courtroom had her first preliminary hearing back in December 2013.

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

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

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.

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

Caroline Purviance’s body was discovered in the 5600 block of Mason Avenue, where the elder Purviance lived, on Feb. 13.

She is being held without bail.

If convicted, she faces up to life in prison.

The case is being prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Elizabeth Ratinoff, who was not immediately available for comment Friday.