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Trial of elderly murder suspect delayed until June

By Nicholas Grube

Triplicate staff writer

Strolling into the court room, her hands shackled to a chain around her waist and wearing sunglasses like a movie star, Vera Inez Rehfeld took her seat in front of the judge.

The 79-year-old woman, accused of slaying San Quentin parolee James McElroy, was in Del Norte Superior Court Thursday for her readiness conference. However, due to the late submission of evidence to Rehfeld's attorney, Rick McClendon, the readiness conference and subsequent preliminary hearing were delayed until June.

"I have, this week, received eight CDs ... I have also received another series of written police reports ... so I am not ready to go this Tuesday," McClendon told Judge William Follett.

Rehfeld now will appear in court for her readiness conference at 1 p.m. June 4 and have her preliminary hearing at 9 a.m. June 6.

Rehfeld is facing murder charges for the stabbing death of the 42-year-old McElroy, who was found in Rehfeld's home at Pacific Terrace Manor off U.S. Hwy. 101 in January.

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