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Tuesday, 09 July 2013 11:47

Oregon woman going to trial in mother's death

(PORT HURON) -- A St. Clair County judge has ordered a 49-year old Oregon woman to stand trial on a murder charge in the death of her 89-year-old mother whose body was left outside a thrift store in Port Huron Township. Judge John Monaghan says there's evidence that reckless acts by Kelly Rhodes contributed to the death of Mary Grenia, also of Salem, Oregon. He says the dumping of the body near Port Huron was a "callous" act. Rhodes and Grenia lived together. Traveling in a truck, they passed through Michigan while attempting to move to Ontario, Canada, in March but were turned away at the border. Grenia died in the truck a few days later. An autopsy revealed heart and lung disease. Rhodes is charged with an open count of murder. A jury can determine whether it's first or second degree murder. She is also facing charges of second degree abuse of a vunerable adult and moving a dead body without a medical examiner's permission.