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Tunbridge woman pleads not guilty to attempted murder

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"Said that she held that gun with two hands, that Emma Jozefiak backed away and that the gun went off twice in her hand," Windsor County Deputy State's Attorney David Cahill said.

Emily Perkins, 27, fidgeted nervously as prosecutors recounted the events from November 2011 when they say the Tunbridge woman shot then-19-year-old Emma Jozefiak three times with a .22 caliber pistol and "left her for dead."

The prosecution says it has a strong case against the Vermont mom.

"We can prove that the defendant shot Emma Jozefiak," Cahill said. "We know that because she told that to the Vermont State Police twice."

But Jozefiak survived and attended Thursday's arraignment with her family. The family of 48-year-old Scott Hill was also in court; he was found dead at his Bethel home next to an unresponsive Jozefiak more than two years ago.

Perkins' pleaded not guilty to attempted murder, burglary, petty larceny and other drug-related charges. Court documents show the relationship between Perkins, Hill and Jozefiak was based on painkiller use. Perkins has been a suspect since the beginning, but the state says her delayed arrest was in part due to her husband's brain cancer. He passed away Jan. 23.

"It's somewhat of a unique fact pattern that we have somebody who is accused of attempted murder and they're married and they have a spouse who has brain cancer," Cahill said. "It's not something that we've dealt with in the past, so I can't say there is a precedent for it."

Perkins' lawyers asked the court to reduce her bail based on her "ties to the community" -- namely her children.

"One girl is in kindergarten and one girl is in head start, so that's about as strong a tie," said Devin McLaughlin, Perkins' lawyer.

The court did show leniency, amending her original hold with bail order.

"The court finds the seriousness of the offense suggests that bail in the amount of $75,000 cash or surety should be posted," Vt. Superior Court Judge Harold Eaton said.

Windsor County prosecutors say the investigation into Scott Hill's murder is still active and they are asking anyone with information to come forward.

"There's always a possibility that more charges could be forthcoming against Miss Perkins or someone else related to this event," Cahill said.

Perkins' parents did not wish to speak to us on camera, but said they were working on bailing their daughter out.

Perkins must also adhere to conditions including staying 300 feet away from Jozefiak, and a 24-hour curfew except for work or legal business and activities with her children. She must also be accompanied by her mother, Peggy Ainsworth, on any outside activities.

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