Preliminary hearing for West Virginia mom who fatally shot her daughter

West Virginia

The preliminary hearing for a West Virginia woman who shot her two daughters began on November 1. 

In September, police responded to Gerrardstown, West Virginia after receiving a call from a child who said her mother shot her. Upon arrival, police found an 11-year-old girl with a gunshot wound to her leg.

The girl said her mother, Julie Orellana, 46, had shot her in the leg and had fatally shot her eight-year-old sister. Prosecutors say Trooper W.R. Garrett, the lead investigating officer in the case, testified in court.

Orellana is charged with first-degree murder and attempted murder. Magistrate Bill Norris found probable cause for both charges.

“Evidence was presented to Magistrate Norris regarding the case,” said Benjamin Hiller, chief assistant prosecuting attorney. “When it involves young children, it’s difficult to bear.”

The case is now set to go to a grand jury in late February of 2019. The state will be seeking the maximum penalty.

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