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Mendenhall bound over on second-degree murder charge

Tara Rose Mendenhall, 27, of Elk City, is charged with second-degree murder in connection with the beating death of fellow Elk City resident Lora K. Vandenburg.

Tara Rose Mendenhall, 27, of Elk City, is charged with second-degree murder in connection with the beating death of fellow Elk City resident Lora K. Vandenburg. Contributed photo / Idaho County

— Following a four-hour preliminary hearing in Magistrate Court Friday, Nov. 8, Judge Jeff Payne determined probable cause was sufficient to have Tara Rose Mendenhall, 27, bound over to District Court on a second-degree murder charge. She will remain in the Idaho County Jail with bond set at $250,000.

Mendenhall is charged with the death of fellow Elk City resident, Lora K. Vandenburg, allegedly beating her with her fist, and lifting and dropping her to the ground during a Sept. 24 incident three miles outside town. Vandenburg, 44, died of injuries allegedly sustained in the incident on Oct. 5 at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston.

More information on this story in the Nov. 13 issue of the Idaho County Free Press.

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