Published December 13, 2016
ROSEVILLE, CALIFORNIA — The trial of Cherie Rhoades, the former tribal chairperson of the Cedarville Rancheria, is under way in Roseville, California. Rhoades is accused of murdering four people and critically wounding two others in February 2014.
Three of the dead were her relatives and fellow tribal members: her brother Rurik Davis, her niece Angel Penn and her nephew Glenn Calonico. She is also accused of killing Shelia Russo, who worked for the tribe, and critically wounding two other women, who are her nieces.
She had been recently ousted and was under federal investigation over at least $50,000 in missing funds.
On February 20, 2014, Rhoades arrived at the tribal headquarters in Alturas, California for an eviction hearing with her son. The tribe was in the process of evicting her from the home she lived. The former chairperson allegedly opened fire and went on a killing spree. Once she ran out of ammunition, she reached for a butcher knife and stabbed one of her nieces.
Rhoades was taken into custody at the scene with the assistance from officers from the Modoc County Sheriff’s Department and the California Highway Patrol.
The Cedarville Rancheria is a federally recognized American Indian tribe. The tribe is part of the Northern Paiute people in Modoc County, California. The small tribe has less than 30 members, according to federal government records. All tribal citizens are can trace their lineage back to the official census roll dated July 18, 1954. While the tribal headquarters is located in Alturas, the actual 26-acre Cedarville Rancheria is some 20 miles east of Alturas.
The trial is expected to last several weeks.
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