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UPDATE: Yakima Woman Suspected of Murder Makes First Appearance in Court

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YAKIMA, WA.- Raven Cutler made her first court appearance at the Yakima County Court House Monday morning. She returned to Yakima last week, but was held at the jail over the holiday weekend.

    

Cutler is suspected of playing a part in the murder of Norma Emmerson, she's currently charged with first degree murder and unlawful possession of a firearm.  

    

Norma Emmerson's body was found in Selah on Sage Trail Road with multiple bullet wounds to the head on November 11th.

    

We dug through court papers last week that say witnesses told police Emmerson was killed, because she knew details about a murder she believed her ex-boyfriend committed .  

    

Emmerson's ex-boyfriend is currently being held at the Yakima County Jail on charges of unlawful possession of a firearm.

    

Cutler is currently being held on $1 million bail and is set to appear again before a judge on December 14th.

PREVIOUS.- The Yakima Sheriff's Office now has Raven Culter in custody after searching for her for almost a week and a half.

    

We went through court papers on Wednesday and have new details as to how she could be connected to Norma Emmerson's murder.  

    

Emmerson was found with bullet wounds to the head on Sage Trail Road near Selah almost two weeks ago.  

         

Since then deputies have been searching for Raven Cutler, a known homeless woman in Yakima, who may have ties to her murder.

    

On Monday they found Cutler in Oregon and arrested her on charges of first degree murder.  

    

We searched through court papers and they say a witness told deputies that Emmerson was shot and killed, because she knew her ex boyfriend committed a murder earlier this year and wanted to have him arrested.  

    

The Sheriff's Office hasn't been able to give us much information, but they say Cutler has been cooperating.  

"Once she was arrested by White Plains authorities our taking custody of her was not a challenge, but right now I can't comment on any statements she may have given to law enforcement," Detective Mike Russell told us.      

         

Emmerson's ex-boyfriend is currently being held at the Yakima County Jail on charges of unlawful possession of a firearm.

The Sheriff's Office says they believe Cutler will be brought back to Yakima on Wednesday, but as of right now there is not a set date on when she'll appear in court.

HILLSBORO, OR. (AP) - A homeless woman wanted in a fatal shooting in Yakima has been arrested in North Plains, Oregon.
    
Detective Sgt. Mike Russell of the Yakima County Sheriff's Office says 33-year-old Raven Cutler was arrested Monday at McDonald's after police in Oregon got a tip. She was booked into jail on a murder warrant.
    
Russell told The Oregonian (http://is.gd/tO08Yw ) that Cutler was wanted in the killing of Norma Emmerson, a 54-year-old Yakima woman whose body was found Nov. 11. She had been shot three times in the head.
    
Russell said the women were acquaintances, but wouldn't disclose a possible motive.
    
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Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com_________

YAKIMA, WA.- Deputies still haven't made any arrests after they found 54 year Norma Emmerson with three bullet wounds to the head on Sage Trail Road near Selah last Wednesday, but they say they are making progress in the case.   

In fact, they have a person of interest they're searching. Deputies are looking for 33-year-old Raven Cutler. They say she's a known homeless woman in Yakima with an extensive criminal record.  

We asked why they believe she's tied to the case, but they told us, as of now, they can't release that information.

"Investigators have received information that Miss Cutler knows she's being sought by law enforcement, so we believe she is disguising herself with an older person's wig and a cane," Detective Mike Russell told us. 

If you've seen Raven Cutler or have any information on where she might be you're asked to contact the Yakima County Sheriff's Office at 509-574-2500 or Crime Stoppers of Yakima County at 800-248-9980.

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