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.

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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.

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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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