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Woman accused of killing adoptive mother held on bail

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PASCO, Wash. -- Shackled at the wrist and ankles, 37 year old Tashia Stuart had a look, fear, and confusion as she listened to prosecutors discuss details of the shooting at a home in Pasco Thursday afternoon.

Stuart was arrested inside the home at 7907 salmon drive after police discovered the body of Judy Hebert.

Stuart's attorneys Matt Rutt and Bob Thompson hinted the defense could 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," says Rutt.

Stuart lived in the home with her seven year old daughter and Hebert who was her adoptive mother. According to Rutt, Stuart said there was an argument over money, and that Hebert had been drinking.

According to court documents, police responded to a 911 hang up call.

Court documents describe Stuart as appearing distraught.  In the papers, they also state that after she left the responding officer at the door, a neighbor notified the officer to say they heard gunshots.

When the officer returned Stuart changed her story to say she was approached with an ax.

Many of the neighbors did not want to go on camera, but 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 and I didn't expect that something like this would happen here," explained neighbor Sabrina Herr.

Stuart is being held on a $200,000 bond at the Franklin County Jail. An autopsy will be performed on Hebert's body, which was removed from the home Friday, Saturday morning.

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