The husband of a Bend woman accused of murdering a woman last week sought a restraining order against her.
On Dec. 20, a sheriff’s deputy served Joanna Lynn Kasner divorce papers and a restraining order. Her husband of six months filed for separation weeks earlier, citing irreconcilable differences.
Authorities have not said whether Kasner knew Valerie A. Peterson, 58, the woman she’s accused of killing Wednesday in a neighborhood north of Bend. Much else about the incident remains unknown.
Over the weekend, Kasner’s estranged husband, Mike Smith, left a comment in a post on her Facebook page.
“My wife shot and killed our neighbor Wednesday morning,” Smith wrote. “PLEASE PRAY.”
At around 11 a.m. Wednesday, gunfire was reported near the corner of McGrath Road and Casa Court in the Buena Ventura subdivision.
Deputies arrived to find Peterson injured, lying in the street. Lifesaving efforts by first responders were unsuccessful, Deschutes County Sheriff Shane Nelson said.
The sheriff’s office tweeted Wednesday that the suspect in the shooting was not in custody and asked neighbors to remain indoors. Police locked down traffic in the area for several hours. Kasner was taken into custody at some point Wednesday and was taken to St. Charles Bend.
On Sunday, Kasner, 49, was transferred from St. Charles Bend to the Deschutes County jail, where she’s being held without bail. She’s been accused of one count of murder and has yet to be arraigned.
Kasner’s indictment and other documents in her case have been sealed by a judge’s order and as of Monday were inaccessible to the public.
Nelson confirmed paramedics were dispatched to Kasner’s house the day before the shooting.
Relatives of Peterson have said she lived nearby and was walking her dogs at the time she was killed.
In several Facebook posts in the days before Peterson’s death, Kasner describes a broad conspiracy involving law enforcement and her estranged husband, who she claimed was trying to kill her. She said she’d gotten little sleep or food lately.
“They told me I was crazy then ask me what kind of drugs I was on,” she wrote Jan. 13. “I DON’T DO DRUGS.”
Last week, Kasner was assigned a court-appointed attorney to represent her.
No future court dates are listed with the Deschutes County Circuit Court.
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