Arrest Made In Bethel Shooting
Investigators search the Bethel home yesterday where Scott Hill, 48, was found dead and Emma Jozefiak, 19, critically injured. A hazmat team was called to the Dartt Hill Road home, but no hazardous materials were found.
Valley News - Polina Yamshchikov
Bethel — A Tunbridge woman has been charged with attempted murder in the case of a teenager who was found seriously wounded with a gunshot wound in a Bethel trailer more than two years ago.
Emily Y. Perkins, 27, was arrested Wednesday afternoon by the Vermont State Police, according to a statement released last night. She also faces charges of burglary and conspiracy/sale of regulated drugs.
On Nov. 11, 2011, state police found Emma Jozefiak, then 19, injured and unresponsive and 48-year-old Scott Hill dead from a gunshot wound at Hill’s trailer home on Dartt Hill Road in Bethel.
The news of Perkins’ arrest is the first public development in the case in two years. Police on Wednesday night did not offer any details about what led them to Perkins, except to say the arrest came after an extensive investigation and the evaluation of forensic evidence.
State Police said Perkins was transported to the Royalton Barracks without incident on Wednesday, and Windsor Superior Court Judge Karen Carroll did not order bail on Wednesday. Perkins is scheduled to be arraigned today.
Perkins has not been charged in Hill’s death, which remains under investigation, according to Wednesday night’s statement.
Stephanie Dasaro, public information officer for the Vermont State Police, declined to comment on the case Wednesday night and referred all questions to the Windsor County State’s Attorney’s Office. Windsor County State’s Attorney Michael Kainen could not be reached for comment late Wednesday.
Perkins is the daughter of Royalton Selectwoman Peggy Ainsworth and stepdaughter of former Vermont state Rep. David Ainsworth, who declined comment Wednesday night.
Perkins has two young daughters and at one time worked as a waitress in West Lebanon.
On Nov. 11, 2011, police entered Hill’s trailer without a warrant after receiving reports from Jozefiak’s family that they had not heard from her in several days. Jozefiak was airlifted to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Her current medical condition is unknown.
At the time of the shootings, police described Hill and Jozefiak as acquaintances and that she sometimes lived with Hill at his trailer.
Jozefiak graduated in 2011 from South Royalton High School, where she was captain of the soccer and basketball teams.
Autopsies showed that Hill, who had a lengthy criminal record in Vermont, including two felony convictions, died of a gunshot wound.
Reached at his Bridgewater home Wednesday night, Jozefiak’s father, Richard, declined to comment.
Police initially sought the public’s help in the case, and a $5,000 reward was offered for information leading to an arrest.
Investigators soon went quiet about the case, however, and had not released any updates until announcing Perkins’ arrest.
In a January 2012 interview, State Police Capt. Ray Keefe, who was supervising the investigation at the time, said he was still confident that an arrest would be made. Police said at the outset that they did not believe that either Hill or Jozefiak was the shooter.
“I’m sure to the public this feels like a long time, but in a case like this, it is better to go slowly and deliberately,” Keefe told the Valley News in 2012.
In November 2013, State Police Lt. Todd Illingworth told the Valley News that he couldn’t comment on the investigation, other than to say that it was still ongoing and police were still looking to the public to share information.
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