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Joan Shelley, Mother Of 'Speed Freak Killers' Victim JoAnn Hobson, Accuses Sheriff Of Mishandling Remains

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This undated photo released by the San Joaquin County Sheriff Department shows Joann Hobson. Authorities have released the identities of two Northern California teen girls whose remains were found inside an abandoned well and linked to two men known as the "Speed Freak Killers." San Joaquin County Sheriff Steve Moore on Friday, March 30, 2012, identified 19-year-old Kimberly Billy, who went missing in 1984 at the age of 19, and Hobson, 16, who disappeared in 1985. (AP Photo/Family Photo via San | ASSOCIATED PRESS

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge in California is considering a lawsuit filed by the mother of a girl whose remains were found at the bottom of a well during the investigation of the so-called "Speed Freak Killers" case.

Joan Shelley claims San Joaquin County and Sheriff Steve Moore mishandled the remains by ordering deputies to dig them up with heavy equipment in 2012.

U.S. District Judge Morrison C. England Jr. heard arguments Thursday on who holds property rights to the remains — the sheriff or the girl's mother. JoAnn Hobson was 16 when she vanished in 1985.

Two years ago, death row inmate Wesley Shermantine led investigators to remains of five victims of a 15-year methamphetamine-fueled killing spree. He and friend Loren Herzog were arrested in 1999. Herzog hanged himself in 2012.

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