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South Hill woman held on $1 million bail in death of her mother

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on Aug. 30, 2010 at 2:09 pm |
August 31, 2010 5:35 am

A 35-year-old South Hill woman accused of fatally beating her mother with a bar stool last weekend made her first court appearance this afternoon.

Courts reporter Adam Lynn reports that prosecutors asked Pierce County Superior Court Commissioner Patrick Oishi to hold Xing Zhu for another 72 hoursĀ  while investigators look into what happened at Zhu’s home Saturday night and why.

Deputy prosecutor Phil Sorensen said significant language barriers were slowing down the homicide investigation. He needed more time before making a charging decision.

Oishi ordered Zhu held in Pierce County Jail in lieu of $1 million bail and set her arraignment for Wednesday afternoon.

Zhu reportedly called 911 on Saturday night and told a dispatcher her mother was dead. Pierce County sheriff’s deputies went to Zhu’s home in the 12100 block of 168th Street East and found Yu Sang Li’s body. Investigators said Li, 59, lived elsewhere and had come to Washington to check on her daughter.

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