A Preliminary Hearing was held Monday in Sheridan County Circuit Court for Sheridan resident Caron Denean Avery, who's charged with Involuntary Manslaughter for allegedly killing her 74-year-old mother Nina Avery on or about September 14th at their home located at 273 Badger Street in Sheridan. Sheridan County Attorney Matt Redle called one witness to the stand, Sheridan Police Detective Jerald Rasmussen.
Rasmussen testified that on September 14th he'd stopped by the residence on Badger Street to question Caron Avery about her involvement in two forgery cases. Rasmussen spoke with both Nina and Caron about the forgeries.
Charging documents state that shortly after the detective left, the mother and daughter became involved in a heated argument about the forgeries and that the mother began breaking things in the home with a cane, and at one point, attempted to strike her daughter with the cane.
Caron told police that she grabbed her mother from the back and forced her into her bedroom where the two struggled for some time before Caron sat on her mother's chest, straddling her. Caron Avery further stated that after her mother had calmed down, she gave her an oxygen tube, which Nina put on and became quiet. Caron went to bed across the hall shortly after the altercation.
At approximately 7:30 am on September 15th, Caron called 9-1-1 after she found her mother to be unresponsive. An autopsy conducted in Billings, Montana on September 17th found the cause of death to be “asphyxiation by smothering.” Other findings from the autopsy indicated multiple rib fractures; fresh contusions to the left eyebrow; and fresh contusions to the area of both temples.
Circuit Court Judge John Sampson ruled that there was enough evidence to bind the case over to District Court. Avery is being held at the Sheridan County Detention Center on a $50,000 bond. Avery also faces two counts of felony forgery.