BARSTOW A Barstow deputy district attorney is set to appear in court March 7 after her boss filed a restraining order and harassment suit following the attorney's arrest for alleged death threats.

Barbara McClanahan, 45, was arrested Jan. 13 under suspicion of making threats to kill her boss and others at the Barstow courthouse.

During the investigation leading up to her arrest, police were told McClanahan had made numerous threats to kill her boss, Supervising Deputy District Attorney Julie Peterson, by injecting her with insulin. Police were also told McClanahan would often joke that she had a list of people she would kill by insulin if she had only weeks left to live. McClanahan is an insulin-dependent diabetic.

Her criminal case has been recommended to the California Attorney General's office, where it is still under review.

Peterson has been granted a restraining order she had filed earlier in the month. In the case file, Peterson cited McClanahan's numerous threats, including one threat where McClanahan discussed the mass killings in Seal Beach in October 2011 where eight died and said, "This is my fantasy."

"I am in fear of my safety," Peterson wrote.

In the restraining order Peterson explained that McClanahan was on administrative leave and had been asked not to return to the office. The San Bernardino County District Attorney's office declined to give more information about McClanahan's employment status.

McClanahan has been practicing law since 2001, according to her profile on the State Bar of California website. She received her undergraduate degree at Sonoma State University and earned her law degree from Empire College School of Law. Her profile showed she had no public records of discipline or administrative actions.

She did, however, receive letters of reprimand from Peterson while working at the Barstow DA's office. During the initial investigation Peterson told police that McClanahan had been "a problem employee" whom she often had to discipline.

Until McClanahan is convicted of any criminal charges, her status with the State Bar will not be up for review, said State Bar of California Communications Director William Chiang. She remains active and able to practice law.

McClanahan's attorney, Tera Harden, did not return several calls for comment. Peterson also did not return phone messages.

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