Murder case due in Douglas County District Court
May 10, 2014
A Fish Springs resident accused in the Nov. 21, 2013, shooting of his caretaker, is scheduled to be arraigned in Douglas County District Court on Tuesday.
East Fork Justice of the Peace Tom Perkins found there was sufficient evidence that a crime had been committed, and that Melvin Norlund, 81, was a likely suspect.
A preliminary hearing does not determine guilt or innocence.
Norlund is in Douglas County Jail on $1 million bail, charged with open murder with use of a deadly weapon.
He is accused of shooting 51-year-old Catherine Mary Costanza with a shotgun.
Costanza, of Concord, Calif., was the suspect's caregiver, according to reports.
Norlund said the shooting was accidental, that it occurred when they struggled with the shotgun.
He reportedly told investigators he "grew tired of arguing" with Costanza and threatened to shoot her dog.
■ A Topaz Ranch Estates woman was remanded for trial on Friday after it was determined that a crime had been committed and that she committed it.
Kathryn Moore, 45, was in East Fork Justice Court as the father of the two children she allegedly absconded with testified against her.
The victim said the custody arrangement he had with Moore increased the amount of time he would get his younger son. At a Nov. 7, 2013 hearing, Judge Tod Young confirmed that order.
The following day the man brought Moore the children, with the understanding that she would bring them back on Nov. 15. When she didn't show up, a search began for her and the children.
The man testified that he didn't know what happened to his children until 61 days later when Moore was arrested.
Defense attorney Kris Brown pointed out that Young's Nov. 7 hearing wasn't filed until Nov. 18.
However prosecutor Tom Gregory said there was a previous order, and leaving with the children violated it as well.
Perkins ordered Moore's bail of $25,000 cash or bond remain in place, and that if she does make bail that she be placed on a GPS monitor.
Moore is due in Douglas County District Court on May 19. She has been in custody since she was arrested in Washington on Jan. 6.