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Vt. Woman Pleads Not Guilty in Killing

Hyde Park, Vt. — A woman accused of stabbing her boyfriend to death after a night of heavy drinking pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a charge of second-degree murder.

Jeanette Maxfield, of Hyde Park, told investigators that “in her heart,” she didn’t believe she had killed Christopher Cafferky, but in her head, she knew she did, according to a police affidavit filed with the court.

The 23-year-old Maxfield entered the plea in Vermont Superior Court in Hyde Park, where she was ordered held without bail.

She had called 911 early Monday, telling the dispatcher, “I was blacked out and I just woke up and he’s dead on the floor and I’m covered in blood,” according to the court document.

In interviews with police, Maxfield said she had been drinking vodka Sunday afternoon with an acquaintance. When she returned to the house she had shared with the 48-year-old Cafferky for about two weeks, she refused to give him vodka. She told police he was alive when she fell asleep.

She was arrested Monday after being interviewed by investigators.

Police said Cafferky’s injuries were consistent with a stabbing, but a medical examiner would make an official ruling later.

Maxfield also told police that she suffered from borderline personality mood disorder and had multiple personalities. She said she had been diagnosed in October, the documents said.

During Tuesday’s arraignment, Maxfield’s attorney, David Sleigh, said she had been undergoing some type of treatment, but the treatment ended because of a lack of resources. He did not elaborate on the nature of the treatment.

Sleigh asked for bail, saying Maxfield was a longtime resident of Lamoille County, had graduated from a local high school and had until recently worked in food service.

The families of Maxfield and Cafferky were in court Tuesday but didn’t speak.

Vermont Superior Court Judge Timothy Tomasi said the possibility of bail would be discussed at a later evidentiary hearing. He said the seriousness of the crime and Maxfield’s mental condition would also be taken into consideration during that hearing.