- Associated Press - Thursday, February 6, 2014

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, Vt. (AP) - A woman pleaded not guilty on Thursday to a charge she tried to kill another woman, who was found wounded near the body of a dead man in his home in 2011.

Emily Perkins, of Tunbridge, was arrested Wednesday on charges of trying to kill 19-year-old Emma Jozefiak, of South Royalton. She pleaded not guilty to burglary and petty larceny, drug-related charges and attempted murder.

The Valley News reported Perkins was being held on $75,000 bail. Authorities told the newspaper that they were delayed in charging the 27-year-old Perkins because her husband was dying of cancer and the couple has two young children. Her husband died last month.

Police said they found the wounded Jozefiak and the body of Scott Hill inside Hill’s Bethel home. Hill had died of gunshot wounds. Jozefiak also had been shot.

Police won’t say who they think shot Hill. The investigation into his death remains open, Chief Deputy State’s Attorney David Cahill said.

Perkins‘ attorney, Devin McLaughlin, said there is a lot of evidence to sift through in his client’s case. He said Perkins had been cooperating with police throughout the investigation.

According to police, Perkins‘ stories changed repeatedly regarding her contact with Hill and Jozefiak and included discrepancies about how and when she communicated with them and the events of the day they were shot.

Perkins told police in an interview that she shot Jozefiak accidentally, according to a police affidavit. But police said the bullet wounds on Hill and Jozefiak contradict Perkins‘ statements.

Jozefiak told police she doesn’t remember the shooting. She said her last memory until the hospital is playing cribbage with Hill the night before the shooting.

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