SANTA CLARA CO. (BCN) — A 50-year-old woman was arraigned Monday for allegedly murdering her elderly mother in Sunnyvale last week, a Santa Clara County deputy district attorney said.
Linde Adrienne Smith was arraigned at the Hall of Justice in San Jose on one count of murder with an enhancement of using a dangerous or deadly weapon in a crime, Deputy District Attorney Patrick Graber said.
Smith did not enter a plea and her next court hearing was scheduled for Aug. 25, Graber said.
Around 12:50 p.m. Thursday, officers from the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety responded to a report of a possible homicide at Space 292 of the Plaza del Ray mobile home park at 1225 Vienna Drive, public safety officials said.
Arriving officers found a woman, identified as 81-year-old Anne Frances Smith, dead inside a unit where she lived with her daughter, Linde, according to public safety officials.
Linde had called 911 to report that she had killed her mother and was unarmed and uncooperative with officers at the home, public safety officials said.
While on the phone with dispatchers, Linde claimed she killed her mother the afternoon before and the body was still on the ground, according to a statement of facts filed in court by Sunnyvale Detective Matthew Hutchinson.
The hammer Linde allegedly used was covered with a pink towel next to the body, according to Hutchinson.
The suspect said she had money problems and was living with her mother, Hutchinson said.
Linde claimed the argument stemmed from her mother planning on giving away her clothes to charity. Money was also a factor, according to Hutchinson. The 50-year-old woman has been taking antidepressant medication that changes her sleep pattern for 20 years, Hutchinson said.
Linde was arrested and booked into Santa Clara County Main Jail where she is being held on $5 million bail, according to jail records.
The incident marked the city’s first homicide this year, according to public safety officials.