- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 23, 2014

GRANGEVILLE, Idaho (AP) - A north-central Idaho woman accused of causing fatal injuries during an argument with another woman over cosmetics, a necklace and a compact disc wants to withdraw her voluntary manslaughter plea.

The Lewiston Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/ZGbdKm) that 28-year-old Tara R. Mendenhall filed the motion Monday to withdraw her plea and proceed to trial.

Mendenhall was scheduled to be sentenced Monday in connection with the Sept. 24 fight with 45-year-old Lora K. Vandenburg. Vandenburg died on Oct. 8 from bleeding in the brain.

Mendenhall wrote the motion herself and said she entered the plea agreement without fully understanding the differences between the degrees of murder and voluntary and involuntary manslaughter.

Mendenhall was initially charged with second-degree murder.


Information from: Lewiston Tribune, https://www.lmtribune.com

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