Townshend double homicide suspect faces new charge
BRATTLEBORO — A Townshend woman accused of killing two men in November 2014 is facing a new charge of aggravated murder.
"We amended the information to add a count three," said Windham County Deputy State's Attorney Steven Brown following a hearing at Windham County Superior Court Criminal Division on Tuesday. "Aggravated murder carries a life sentence without the possibility of parole."
Robin O'Neill is now facing two counts of second-degree murder plus the new charge. She pleaded not guilty to the first two charges in November 2014 after she was arrested in connection to the shooting deaths of Steven Lott, 60 at the time, and his son Jamis Lott, who was 28. Those counts each carry a sentence of 20 years to life.
O'Neill, who was 62 at the time of the incident, told police she and Steven Lott had lived together and had gotten engaged but things became "weird" when Lott started spending time with a female friend. O'Neill claimed Lott was physical with her and police observed bruises, according to an affidavit, but an acquaintance said they never saw anything physical occur between the two. When Lott called off the engagement the night before the shooting, O'Neill told police she drank wine because she was shaking. Police said O'Neill surrendered without incident after a friend of O'Neill's alerted them, saying she was looking for someone to look after her dog.
Attorneys were asked Tuesday to submit a proposed scheduling order, which Brown said was filed Wednesday morning. The case is expected to go to trial after Aug. 8.
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