Two plead not guilty in murder of police officer
During a Monday, Jan. 10 arraignment, Joanna McElrath (Beckett) and Robin Glen James pleaded not guilty to charges of premeditated murder and conspiracy.
McElrath, 36, and James, 46, of Susanville, were arrested Thursday, Jan. 6 for the death of Susanville Police Officer Robert McElrath, 37, whose body was found the morning of Sunday, Jan. 2 near the railroad trestle at Devil’s Corral.
A preliminary hearing setting conference was set for 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 2 in Lassen Superior Court. They are still being held in the Lassen County Jail without bail.