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Tribe's lawyer: Eviction hearing where 4 were killed involved missing funds investigation

The lawyer for an American Indian tribe in northeastern California says the woman accused of opening fire at a meeting at its headquarters had been evicted from tribal housing because she was under investigation concerning missing tribal funds.

Cedarville Rancheria attorney Jack Duran also says Cherie Lash Rhoades was ousted as tribal chairwoman just three weeks earlier. He says the meeting last week was aimed considering her eviction appeal.

Duran told The Associated Press on Monday that Rhoades' son, Jack Stockton, also was ousted as vice chairman.

Rhoades was arrested Thursday on suspicion of killing four people and wounding two others at the meeting in Alturas, Calif.

Modoc County District Attorney Jordan Funk says Rhoades is tentatively scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday in Modoc County Superior Court in Alturas. It wasn't immediately known if Rhoades has a lawyer.

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