RED BLUFF, Calif. -- A woman accused of cremating her mother in the backyard is pleading not guilty
to felony theft and a misdemeanor charge of disposing of human remains outside
of a cemetery.
Fifty-year-old Kathleen Allmond and her son, 30-year-old Tony Ray, have been
held in Tehama County Jail in lieu of $30,000 bail since their arrest in
Ray earlier pleaded not guilty to cremating his 84-year-old grandmother after
she apparently died of natural causes last year.
Police say the pair then
collected about $25,000 of her retirement and Social Security checks.
Prosecutors on Wednesday dropped felony charges of elder abuse and theft from
an elder by a caretaker and replaced them with three counts of grand theft.
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