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 hours 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 …