Murder case against Oregon woman dismissed

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by Associated Press

NWCN.com

Posted on December 9, 2012 at 5:34 PM

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) -- Murder charges against an Oregon judge's daughter have been dismissed.

The Corvallis Gazette-Times says the case against Lorraine Sarich fell apart partly because prosecutors were unable to use the woman's developmentally disabled son as a key witness.

The 46-year woman was released from the Linn County Jail on Nov. 30, after serving more than two years in custody.

Sarich had been charged with killing William Mills in order to conceal the commission of identity theft. Mills' remains were found near Lyons in 2007.

Linn court officials enlisted an out-of-county judge to handle the case because Sarich is the daughter of a local judge.

The case was dismissed after the Oregon Supreme Court upheld a lower court ruling that Sarich's son was incompetent to testify.

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