A Clovis woman pleaded not guilty Thursday in Fresno County Superior Court to stabbing her 64-year-old mother to death.
In her first appearance in court, Angelica Hadley, 40, disagreed with her attorney's request to delay her arraignment.
Instead, she entered her plea and exercised her right to a speedy preliminary hearing, which will determine whether there is enough evidence for a judge to order her to stand trial in the death of Maria Arellano.
Judge Don Penner scheduled a status hearing for Tuesday and a preliminary hearing on March 15.
Prior to the plea, attorney Scott Baly, who represents Hadley, asked Penner to delay the arraignment for one week so he could get the police reports about the stabbing and study them. But when Penner informed Hadley she had to waive her right to a speedy preliminary hearing, she conferred with Baly quietly. Baly then withdrew his request.
Outside court, Baly declined to say why Hadley rejected a delay of her arraignment.
Clovis police, responding to a call about a possible homicide, arrived at Hadley's home on Fowler Avenue south of Clovis High School and found Arellano dead about 10:30 a.m. Monday.
Investigators believe Hadley and her mother, who was visiting her daughter, may have had an argument that led to the fatal stabbing. Hadley's four children were inside the home but were unhurt, police said.
In addition to being charged with murder, Hadley faces misdemeanor charges of child endangerment. She is being held in Fresno County Jail in lieu of $1 million bail.
The four girls, ages 3 to 9, who were in their rooms, were turned over to Fresno County Children and Family Services.