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Woman charged in mother’s slaying pleads not guilty

March 6, 2020 GMT

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A woman accused of killing her mother during a domestic dispute inside their northern Ohio home has pleaded not guilty to murder charges.

Sydney Powell, 19, of Akron, entered her plea Thursday during an arraignment hearing. Her bail was set at $250,000.

Powell’s lawyer said after the hearing that he expected her to soon post bail, but officials said she remained jailed on Friday.

Akron police went to the home around 1 p.m. Tuesday after a caller from the University of Mount Union reported concerns about Powell. The caller said he spoke with Powell over the phone and heard “yelling and screaming,” then got no answer when he twice tried to call her back.

When police arrived at the home, they found Brenda Powell, 50, with severe lacerations, while her daughter had minor undisclosed injuries. Both were taken to a hospital, and Brenda Powell was pronounced dead there a short time later.

The Summit County medical examiner determined Brenda Powell died of multiple sharp and blunt force injuries and ruled her death a homicide. Authorities have not said how Sydney Powell was injured or what the two women were arguing about.