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Mother, 90, acquitted of murder charges in 2013 death of daughter from Solvang

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The 90-year-old Solvang woman charged in the death of her ALS-stricken daughter has been found not guilty of first and second degree murder.

Marjorie Good was acquitted of all charges, including murder and involuntary manslaughter, in Santa Barbara County court Monday morning.

Good's daughter, Heidi, died in 2013 when her ventilator failed. Marjorie Good and Heidi's caretaker, Wanda Nelson, were indicted on murder charges. Nelson was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in February, but the jury deadlocked in Good's case and the judge declared a mistrial.

The prosecution team said in court Monday they are unable to proceed with an involuntary manslaughter charge against Good and decided not to move forward with another trial.

"All I can say is, I'm really happy for my 90-year-old client who can go on with her life now," defense attorney David Bixby said. "Very pleased. Very pleased."

"I didn't hear it at first," Marjorie Good said about her reaction to the verdict being read in court. "I didn't know until we came out and David (Bixby) told me. But it was wonderful. It's wonderful. It's as it should be."

Deputy District Attorney Cynthia Gresser declined to comment on the decision.

Nelson is scheduled to be sentenced on April 1. 

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