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Paso Robles ‘clairvoyant’ murder suspect appears in court

Nicole Honait Luxor, 61, appears in San Luis Obispo Superior Court on Monday after being charged with the premeditated murder of Benjamin Terra.
Nicole Honait Luxor, 61, appears in San Luis Obispo Superior Court on Monday after being charged with the premeditated murder of Benjamin Terra. jjohnston@thetribunenews.com

A self-described clairvoyant suspected of shooting and killing a ranch hand before engaging in a nine-hour standoff, where she allegedly fired 39 shots at officers, entered no plea during her arraignment Monday in San Luis Obispo Superior Court.

Nicole Honait Luxor, 61, appeared Monday in court before Judge Dodie Harman on one count of premeditated murder and five counts of attempted murder on peace officers. Public Defender Jim Maguire asked Harman that his office be excused from the case because of an unspecified conflict of interest.

San Luis Obispo attorney David Vogel told Harman he was in the early phase of taking over Luxor’s legal defense, and Harman granted Vogel additional time to review the case.

When Harman asked Luxor whether she understood the charges against her and that Vogel would replace the Public Defender’s Office, Luxor quietly responded, “Yes, I do.”

She will be back in court next week.

San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the 4200 block of Old Nacimiento Road in Paso Robles about 3 p.m. Nov. 16, according to a probable cause statement filed in the case. The reporting party advised that there was possibly a deceased person at the property, a ranch that held horse training and other special events.

Once deputies arrived, Luxor allegedly barricaded herself in a residence on the property and held officers at bay for about nine hours, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Members of the sheriff’s Special Enforcement Detail fired tear gas into the home, after which they found the body of Benjamin Terra, 34, who had been working for Luxor on the ranch.

Luxor is accused of firing 39 shots at officers during the standoff, with one round allegedly coming within feet of a police sniper.

Luxor is scheduled to appear before Harman again Tuesday.

Matt Fountain: 805-781-7909, @MattFountain1

Staff Writer Patrick S. Pemberton contributed to this article.

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