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Homicide suspect appears in court

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PASCO, Wash. -- Surprising details are coming out about the death of a West Pasco woman. An entire family is involved, from a grandmother down to a 7-year-old girl. The victim, 58-year-old Judy Hebert, died from a gunshot wound. The woman held in connection with the shooting is 37-year-old Tashia Stuart, Hebert's adopted daughter.

Stuart made her first court appearance Friday. Shackled at the wrist and ankles, she had a look of fear and confusion as she listened to prosecutors discuss the details of the Thursday afternoon shooting. Stuart was arrested inside a home on the 7900 block of Salmon Drive after police discovered Hebert's body.

Stuart's defense attorneys, Matt Rutt and Bob Thompson hinted that her defense may include self defense. "It's alleged that Judy Hebert, the alleged victim may have been armed with a deadly weapon at the time this incident happened and was in the process of possibly inflicting harm on Tashia," explained Rutt.

Stuart and her husband are said to have moved to Pasco in January from Post Falls, Idaho. They lived in the home with their 7-year-old daughter and her mother, Judy Hebert. According to court documents, police responded to a 911 hang up call. Stuart says there was an argument over money, and that Hebert had been drinking. Her daughter reportedly witnessed the shooting and has been put into foster care.

Police described Stuart as "appearing distraught". They say that after she walked away from the officer at the door, a neighbor contacted the officer to say they heard gunshots. When the officer returned, Stuart changed her story to say she was approached with an ax.

Many neighbors described the victim as a kind person and the neighborhood as a quite place. "Kids are playing on their bikes and playing basketball on the streets and it's just a really nice neighborhood. I didn't expect that something like this would happen here," said Sabrina Herr, a neighbor.

Stuart is being held on a $200,000 bond in the Franklin County Jail on investigation of 2nd degree murder. An autopsy on the victim's body is scheduled for Saturday morning.

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