BENNINGTON -- The following cases were heard Monday in Vermont Superior Court. Laura N. Marlow, 29, of Bennington, pleaded not guilty to a felony charge of unlawful trespass of an occupied dwelling. A competency evaluation was ordered for her, and she was set to be placed in a mental health facility. Once she is released she must return to court.
According to an affidavit by Bennington Police Officer Thomas Bull, on Sunday at 4:51 p.m. Duvan LeBlanc, of Main Street, called police to have Marlow removed from his apartment. She was staying there, but did not live there and according to LeBlanc was drawing on the walls. Bull wrote that police escorted Marlow out but because of odd behavior she was exhibiting, they waited nearby. When she was seen trying to enter the apartment she was arrested.
John Haskins, 36, of Jepson Road in Stamford, pleaded not guilty to first degree aggravated domestic assault, and misdemeanor domestic assault. He was held without bail.
According to an affidavit by Vermont State Trooper Robert Zink, on Sunday at 12:19 p.m., he went to Billmont’s Country Store in Stamford. A woman had told a Bennington County Sheriff’s Deputy that Haskins had strangled and hit her the night before and that she had just escaped the house they live in along with her baby.
The woman told Zink that she was asleep when Haskins returned from a night of drinking. She said he strangled her for 15 seconds and hit her in the face after they argued. She said the entire attack lasted about 20 minutes, during which Haskins threatened to kill her as well as her parents.
Zink wrote that the woman also played him a recording of Haskins threatening to kill her. According to Zink, police have been called in reference to Haskins and the woman before. Zink observed marks on the woman’s body that corroborated her story.
Haskins was arrested and told police that he and he woman argued, but there was no violence. He said she slept on the couch that night and became upset the next day when he told her he wanted to break up with her. He said she left the house with the child they share while he was in the shower.
-- Keith Whitcomb Jr.