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    An emotional Cathy McCaster, 56, of Sacramento heads out of the Sacramento County jail while surrounded by family members on Monday, January 27, 2014 in Sacramento, Calif. McCaster family members attended today's arraignment for Lynnsey Evakarla Braun, 32, who is accused of shooting McCaster's brother, Eric D. McCaster, 51, on a Regional Transit train at 11th and O streets last week.

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    Lynnsey Evakarla Braun

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    Sue Karlton, the court appointed attorney who represented Lynnsey Evakarla Braun today, stands in front of the defendant who is accused of shooting Eric D. McCaster, 51, on the Regional Transit at 11th and O Streets last week. The judge would not allow Braun to be photographed during her arraignment on Monday, January 27, 2014 at the county jail courtroom in Sacramento, Calif.

Accused light-rail shooter makes first court appearance

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014 - 12:00 am
Last Modified: Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014 - 6:00 pm

The suspect in Thursday night’s fatal light-rail shooting made her first appearance in court Monday, and a judge appointed the Public Defender’s Office to represent her.

Lynnsey Evakarla Braun, 32, is accused of murder in the shooting death of Eric D. McCaster, 51, on a Gold Line train near the light-rail station at 11th and O streets. Braun, who did not enter a plea, is to return to court Feb. 3.

Deputy District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert said she had no motive in the shooting, which happened at about 10 p.m. Two other passengers in the same car were not injured.

“All I can tell you is what she’s charged with – an open count of murder, with use of a firearm,” Schubert said.

Sacramento Superior Court Judge Laurie M. Earl said from the bench that Braun is accused of using a .357 revolver to kill McCaster.

McCaster, of Sacramento, was on his way home from running errands when he was shot. He managed to exit the train after it pulled into the Archives Plaza station and collapsed on the sidewalk. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Several members of McCaster’s family attended the brief court session. Some of them wept as they came out of the courtroom. They left without making a comment.

Asked by the judge if she could afford an attorney, Braun answered, “Uh, not at the moment.” When the judge then asked if she wanted a lawyer appointed for her, Braun replied, “I’d like that.”

Assistant Public Defender Sue Karlton did not know Monday afternoon which attorney from the office would represent Braun.

Call The Bee’s Andy Furillo, (916) 321-1141. Follow him on Twitter @andyfurillo.

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