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Woman to stand trial for mother's murder
by Tribune Staff
Jan 24, 2011 | 1313 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Catherine Eisley
Catherine Eisley
SPARKS — A judge on Friday ruled that a 48-year-old woman accused of murdering her mother in November is competent to stand trial.

Catherine Eisley is accused of killing her mother, 70-year-old Cherry Clasen, on Nov. 3. After allegedly beating her mother with a baseball bat and slashing her throat, Eisley called 911 to report her mother’s death. Police arrived to find Clasen dead inside Eisley’s home at 2675 Nelson Way in Sparks.

According to a written statement from Sparks police Lt. Commander Rocky Triplett, Clasen had suffered obvious blunt force trauma injuries from an edged weapon to her upper body and head. Eisley was interviewed at police headquarters and subsequently admitted responsibility for her mother’s death, according to the police statement. Triplett said Eisley did not indicate a motive for the killing. But according to court documents, Eisley stated anger toward her mother prompted her to murder Clasen.

The probable cause document stated that Eisley is prescribed psychotropic medication, and said “she knew what she did was wrong and illegal.”

On Friday, Judge Jerome Polaha agreed and ordered the case back to Sparks Justice Court for the trial proceedings to begin. A probable cause declaration, released Friday in Sparks Justice Court says Eisley claims her mother caused her to suffer post-traumatic stress due to childhood abuse.

Clasen and Eisley lived next door to each other on Nelson Way. Eisley’s father, William, was not at home at the time of Clasen’s murder.

At the time of the murder, a neighbor who lives across the street and declined to give his name said William and Cherry had lived in the home at 2635 Nelson Way since before 1975. Another neighbor said William and Cherry have a grown son who had been to the house since the murder.

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