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Gresham mother accused of murdering teen son makes first court appearance

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Dianne Davidoff in court on Sept. 28, 2015 Dianne Davidoff in court on Sept. 28, 2015
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She is accused of shooting and killing her own teenage son, and on Monday, Gresham mother Dianne Davidoff faced a judge for the first time.

It was a brief but very emotional few minutes in court, as Davidoff appeared distraught and her son’s grieving relatives packed into the courtroom.

Deputies brought Davidoff into court wearing a suicide prevention vest. She seemed stunned, confused and had a difficult time communicating with her lawyer.

Davidoff is charged with murder after police claim she shot her son Jacob, 17, in the back and killed him in their Gresham home Thursday night.

Investigators haven’t said what her motive may have been, but neighbor Bruce Maiden had worried about Davidoff’s mental state for a while.

Maiden said his neighbor was unemployed, her house was in foreclosure and she’d become more and more paranoid.

“Recently, she was expressing some fears that someone was after her.  And she had purchased a gun that she showed us three weeks ago,” he said. “So in hindsight, you wonder about these things.”

 About two dozen friends and relatives of Jacob Davidoff were in the courtroom today, crying and hugging each other.

No one wanted to make a comment on camera, but on her Facebook page, Jacob’s older sister Katelyn wrote described the toll the shooting has taken on her family.

“These past few days have been devastating,” she shared. “I’ve lost half of my family. Thank you for all the kind words as our family tries to get through this. It just takes time.”

Dianne Davidoff is being held without bail. She will be back in court next Tuesday.

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