OAKLAND — A woman suspected of killing her sister and then assuming her identity was charged with murder Wednesday.
Sarah Mitchell, 47, was charged in Alameda County Municipal Court in the death of her sister, Stevie Allman. Bail was denied for Mitchell, who deferred entering a plea for two weeks.
Outside the courtroom, Mitchell's attorney, Diane Bellas, called the murder charge purely speculative. She said she is worried that the investigation may have drawn conclusions prematurely. "[The amended criminal complaint] does not even begin to suggest she [Mitchell] could be the suspect," she said.
Alameda County Deputy Dist. Atty. Terry Wiley said he could not comment on the case.
The body of Allman, 52, was found in a freezer in the sisters' home after fire gutted the house July 1.