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Ousted tribal leader charged with 4 murder counts

Associated Press
This Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 photo released by Alturas Police Department shows Cherie Lash Rhoades. Rhoades, suspected of killing four people at the headquarters of an Indian tribe that was evicting her and her son from its land, had been under federal investigation over at least $50,000 in missing funds, a person familiar with the tribe's situation told The Associated Press on Friday. (AP Photo/Alturas Police Department)

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Court documents say a California undersheriff responding to reports of a shooting at a tiny Indian tribe's headquarters arrived to find an ousted tribal leader stabbing someone in the parking lot.

A criminal complaint filed Monday in Modoc County Superior Court charges former Cedarville Rancheria chairwoman Cherie Lash Rhoades with four counts of murder and two counts of attempted murder. She is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday.

District Attorney Jordan Funk says prosecutors will seek the death penalty because four people were killed in the knife and gun attack in Alturas, Calif.

A declaration of probable cause says Modoc County Undersheriff Ken Richardson saw Rhodes stabbing one of the victims in the headquarters parking lot, and he handcuffed her after another person tackled her.

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