Mother accused of hiding evidence in murder

September 13, 2009 2:00:02 PM PDT
Prosecutors in suburban Philadelphia have accused a mother of tampering with evidence in the case of her son, who is charged in the alleged murder and dismemberment of a teenager last fall. Authorities allege that 51-year-old Cynthia Chapman Graves, of Coatesville, tried to hide Laquanta Chapman's car by driving it to New Jersey and leaving it there. She was arraigned before a district judge Thursday on charges of hindering apprehension, tampering with physical evidence and criminal conspiracy.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against 29-year-old Laquanta Chapman in the Oct. 30 disappearance of 16-year-old Aaron Turner. Authorities allege that he was shot and dismembered with a chain saw, and the remains were then left along the road in trash bags for pickup.

Chapman Graves is being held in Chester County Prison in lieu of $100,000 bail. A listed number for her could not be found Sunday and it was unclear whether she has an attorney.


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