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Since You Asked: Murder trial still on for school bus driver

I found an article from Sept. 2 about the arrest of Louise Richards for murder. My husband and I left town for a few months shortly after and did not hear how the case proceeded. Can you tell me if the charges were dropped or where her case is? We knew Louise professionally when she worked for the Forest Service and do not believe she would have killed someone except under unusual circumstances.

— Karen, via email

Louise May Richards, 63, remains lodged in the Jackson County Jail without bail on a single pending charge of murder in the death of her husband late last August, but a trial is slated for this September.

A trial expected to last five days is scheduled for the week of Sept. 17, according to Jackson County Circuit Court Records, just past the one-year mark in the Central Point homicide of Richards’ husband, 70-year-old Terry Alan Richards. He died in a manner that prosecutors have as yet described only as “firearm-related.”

Central Point police found Terry Richards dead following an assault reported about 4:30 p.m. Aug. 28, 2017, at Louise Richards’ home in the first block of Victoria Way.

Aside from the trial date, which the court set last December, and an order allowing her to be seen by a medical specialist in March, there have been few court filings in the case.

Richards’ attorney described his client, who was at the time of her arrest a federal retiree, school bus driver and mother of two grown daughters, as “not your typical criminal” and “by all accounts just a nice person.”

Earlier court records indicated that Louise Richards had filed for divorce in September of 2016, and that Terry Richards had a Coos Bay address. The two were married in 2004, earlier news reports say.

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