An East Bay woman is facing murder charges after she allegedly smothered and beat another woman -- using a pillow and possibly a Bible -- in what she claims to have been an attempted exorcism.
Karla Kuhl, 35, of El
Sobrante, has been charged with murdering 58-year-old Patricia Medeiros on June 5. The two shared a common boyfriend at one time or another; however, it's not clear whether the love triangle was still active at the time of the slaying.
Prosecutors told media outlets that Kuhl went to Medeiros' home on the 6000 block of North Arlington Boulevard, where she smothered Medeiros with a pillow and then beat her with a book -- likely the Bible -- while chanting some sort of religious passages.
"I'm not prepared to speculate on exactly what her motivations were for doing what she did. I think it's complex," Harold Jewett, a Contra Costa County prosecutor, told the Chron. "I know what she said, and what she said included performing an exorcism."
Detectives arrested Kuhl
on Tuesday in El Sobrante. She was booked into the West
County Jail in Richmond on $1 million bail on suspicion of murder.