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Clovis man to stand trial in mother's slaying

A Clovis man will stand trial on a charge of murder for stabbing his 77-year-old mother to death inside her Clovis apartment in September, a judge ruled today in Fresno County Superior Court.

Judge Arlan Harrell made his decision after hearing testimony and other evidence at Eric Tidrick's preliminary hearing, including a 911 call on Sept. 2 in which Tidrick called the Clovis Police Department and confessed to killing his mother, LaDonna Tidrick.

"I just killed my mother," said Eric Tidrick, who identified himself in the 911 call.

Tidrick, 49, cried at times during the hearing. He also peered over his shoulder at his family, who sat silently.

Dr. Michael Chambliss, a forensic pathologist, said LaDonna Tidrick died after being stabbed in her heart.

According to the criminal complaint, Tidrick was convicted as a juvenile of killing a McLane High School graduate in 1978.

Because of the previous murder conviction, if Tidrick is convicted of murdering his mother, he faces 51 years to life in prison, prosecutor Tim Donovan said.