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Todd Stuart makes first court appearance

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PASCO, Wash. -- The husband of a Pasco woman accused of killing her mother made his first court appearance this afternoon.

Todd Stuart waved extradition in California to face First Degree Attempted Murder charges in Franklin County for the killing of Judy Hebert. A judge appointed a lawyer for Stuart, and set bail at $500,000.

Todd Stuart is also ordered not to have any contact with his wife, Tashia, or her nine year old daughter who prosecutor Shawn Sant says was inside a Pasco home when Tashia Stuart shot Herbert last March.

"Obviously its going to be a concern with defense council on how the trial of both cases, whether or not they'll be joined or separate trials.  That's going to be something that's going to have to be determined at a later date," says Sant.

Probable cause documents suggest Todd and Tashia Stuart conspired to kill Hebert by switching her medications, and knocking a box of books on her head. Documents also show they tried to break into the victim's safe.

Todd Stuart will be arraigned next Tuesday, February 28th.