UPDATE: 1 charged with murder in Penn Valley death
UPDATE at 1:43 p.m. July 19:
An autopsy revealed that Sandra Lebarron died from multiple gunshot wounds to the upper torso, Sheriff Keith Royal said.
UPDATE at 9:05 a.m. July 19:
Authorities have identified the victim in Tuesday’s death as Sandra Lebarron, 67, of Penn Valley.
An autopsy was being performed Wednesday morning on Lebarron. A preliminary cause of death is expected this afternoon, said Sgt. Mike Sullivan, county coroner.
Nevada County authorities say one person is dead and another charged with murder after what appears to be a Tuesday shooting in Penn Valley.
Authorities booked Robert Lloyd Steuber, 82, of Penn Valley, into the Nevada County Jail at 7:31 p.m. on a murder charge. He had no bond, jail records state.
Sheriff’s deputies charged a man with murder after responding that morning to reports of a shooting in the 11000 block of Sierra Circle. They found the deceased in the bedroom of a mobile home after arriving, Sgt. Justin Martin said.
Martin declined to release the cause of death. An autopsy is scheduled for this morning.
“We have made an arrest,” the sergeant added.
After discovering the body deputies obtained a search warrant for the home. The sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit, along with investigators, responded, as did the state Department of Justice.
Latent print analysts with the justice department remained at the mobile home that afternoon, processing the area for potential evidence.
Martin declined to release a possible motive for the slaying.
Third homicide of the year
The Tuesday death is the third homicide this year in the unincorporated county.
Kenneth Pestana, 61, was found dead on his Highway 20 property in early June. Joseph Ward, 31, faces a murder charge in connection with the death. Ward remained Tuesday afternoon in a Nevada jail awaiting extradition.
Prosecutors say that James Richard Cox, 60, killed his brother — Scott William Cox, 62 — and left the body on the back porch of his Alta Sierra home. James Cox went to an assisted living facility some weeks before the early April discovery of the body. Investigators were reviewing evidence in the case when James Cox died in May. No charges were filed.
To contact Staff Writer Alan Riquelmy, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 530-477-4239.
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