2016 Bend manslaughter conviction overturned

Oregon’s Court of Appeals, this week, overturned the Manslaughter conviction of a Bend woman.

Prosecutors accused Angela Judd of smothering her 95-year-old grandmother on New Years Eve, 2015. Judd was the elderly woman’s primary caregiver and reportedly told a counselor she killed her grandmother because the woman’s health was declining, but felt shame and guilt afterward.

The Appeals court ruled those statements to the therapist should have remained privileged, and sent the case back to county Circuit Court.

D.A. John Hummel says his office has yet to determine whether to initiate a new trial.

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