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Deadly Holiday in Newbury

  • Stephanie Plante, 33, holds a photograph of Dale Rock, 43, who was shot and killed Tuesday in Newbury, Vt. Plante said she witnessed the shooting. Police have charged Anne-Marie Whiteway with killing Rock, though they haven’t identified a murder weapon or offered a motive for the slaying. (Valley News - James M. Patterson)

    Stephanie Plante, 33, holds a photograph of Dale Rock, 43, who was shot and killed Tuesday in Newbury, Vt. Plante said she witnessed the shooting. Police have charged Anne-Marie Whiteway with killing Rock, though they haven’t identified a murder weapon or offered a motive for the slaying. (Valley News - James M. Patterson)

  • Dale Rock, 43, was allegedly shot and killed by his ex-girlfriend Anne-Marie Whiteway at his home in Newbury, Vt. (Photograph courtesy Stephanie Plante)

    Dale Rock, 43, was allegedly shot and killed by his ex-girlfriend Anne-Marie Whiteway at his home in Newbury, Vt. (Photograph courtesy Stephanie Plante)

  • Anne-Marie Whiteway

    Anne-Marie Whiteway

  • John Hooker, 90, allowed Dale Rock, 43, to live in a small building on his Newbury, Vt., property. Rock was allegedly shot and killed on Christmas night. Police have charged Anne-Marie Whiteway, of Bradford. (Valley News - James M. Patterson)

    John Hooker, 90, allowed Dale Rock, 43, to live in a small building on his Newbury, Vt., property. Rock was allegedly shot and killed on Christmas night. Police have charged Anne-Marie Whiteway, of Bradford. (Valley News - James M. Patterson)

  • Dale Rock lived in a small building on John Hooker's Newbury, Vt., property. (Valley News - James M. Patterson)

    Dale Rock lived in a small building on John Hooker's Newbury, Vt., property. (Valley News - James M. Patterson)

  • Maj. Ed Ledo, commander of the Vermont State Police's Bureau of Criminal Investigation, and Maj. Walt Goodell, commander of the Field Force Division, hold a news conference about the Christmas night shooting. (Valley News - James M. Patterson)

    Maj. Ed Ledo, commander of the Vermont State Police's Bureau of Criminal Investigation, and Maj. Walt Goodell, commander of the Field Force Division, hold a news conference about the Christmas night shooting. (Valley News - James M. Patterson)

  • Maj. Ed Ledo, commander of the Vermont State Police's Bureau of Criminal Investigation, and Maj. Walt Goodell, commander of the Field Force Division, hold a news conference about the Christmas night shooting. (Valley News - James M. Patterson)

    Maj. Ed Ledo, commander of the Vermont State Police's Bureau of Criminal Investigation, and Maj. Walt Goodell, commander of the Field Force Division, hold a news conference about the Christmas night shooting. (Valley News - James M. Patterson)

  • Stephanie Plante, 33, holds a photograph of Dale Rock, 43, who was shot and killed Tuesday in Newbury, Vt. Plante said she witnessed the shooting. Police have charged Anne-Marie Whiteway with killing Rock, though they haven’t identified a murder weapon or offered a motive for the slaying. (Valley News - James M. Patterson)
  • Dale Rock, 43, was allegedly shot and killed by his ex-girlfriend Anne-Marie Whiteway at his home in Newbury, Vt. (Photograph courtesy Stephanie Plante)
  • Anne-Marie Whiteway
  • John Hooker, 90, allowed Dale Rock, 43, to live in a small building on his Newbury, Vt., property. Rock was allegedly shot and killed on Christmas night. Police have charged Anne-Marie Whiteway, of Bradford. (Valley News - James M. Patterson)
  • Dale Rock lived in a small building on John Hooker's Newbury, Vt., property. (Valley News - James M. Patterson)
  • Maj. Ed Ledo, commander of the Vermont State Police's Bureau of Criminal Investigation, and Maj. Walt Goodell, commander of the Field Force Division, hold a news conference about the Christmas night shooting. (Valley News - James M. Patterson)
  • Maj. Ed Ledo, commander of the Vermont State Police's Bureau of Criminal Investigation, and Maj. Walt Goodell, commander of the Field Force Division, hold a news conference about the Christmas night shooting. (Valley News - James M. Patterson)

A Bradford, Vt., woman has been charged with second-degree murder after the fatal Christmas night shooting of a man in Newbury, Vt.

Dale Rock, 43, was found dead Tuesday night inside his home at 28 Doe Lane with a gunshot wound to the head, police said yesterday.

Anne-Marie Whiteway, 51, is being held without bail at Southern State Correctional Center in Springfield. Her arraignment is set for 12:30 p.m. today at Windsor County District Court.

“When you have a homicide case you want to act as fast as you can and cover as much ground as you can to get that person responsible,” said Maj. Ed Ledo at a press conference in St. Johnsbury yesterday afternoon, adding that investigators worked through the night in order to arrest Whiteway.

Vermont State Police received a call of multiple gunshots shortly after 10 p.m. on Tuesday, and John Hooker, who owns the property Rock lived on, said cops had descended on Rock’s home by 10:45 p.m.

Ledo said Whiteway fled the scene in a dark blue Subaru Legacy, and between 18 and 19 uniformed officers worked through the night to track down a suspect.

Whiteway was arrested at a relative’s house in Bradford between 6:30 a.m. and 7 a.m. yesterday, Ledo said.

No additional arrests are expected and police do not believe there is an ongoing public safety concern.

Authorities yesterday declined to offer a motive nor would they say what type of gun Whiteway is alleged to have used. Ledo told reporters that Rock and Whiteway “were acquainted,” but he declined to elaborate on the nature of their relationship.

Hooker said Rock and Whiteway had an on-and-off relationship.

Rock had been living in what Ledo described as “a one room structure similar in size to a storage shed” for the past several years. Hooker, 90, said Rock had been doing odd jobs and maintenance work on his property in exchange for a place to live.

Stephanie Plante, 33, said in an interview yesterday in Newbury that she witnessed Tuesday night’s shooting.

Plante, who described herself as Rock’s girlfriend and said she’d been living at his house at the time, said Whiteway arrived at the Doe Lane property uninvited and was acting erratically before Rock physically removed her from his home. Plante said Rock came back inside to retrieve his shoes and had walked back to the doorway when he was shot.

Plante, who said she was still inside the house, alleges Whiteway then turned the gun on her, but she said the gun either was out of bullets or malfunctioned.

“I just heard it clicking,” Plante said.

Hooker, whose house is on a different part of the property, said he didn’t hear any gunshots and was notified by a neighbor.

“I had a call from someone who was listening to the scanner, and asked me if I knew anything about it,” Hooker said. “And I said no, and then I wondered.”

He added: “I’m devastated.”

Hooker said he had known Rock nearly his entire life.

“I thoroughly enjoyed him,” said Hooker. “Very pleasant, very personable, also very stubborn.”

Hooker said he’ll be taking in Rock’s six-month-old German shepherd Knucklehead.

In a brief interview yesterday evening, Plante’s mother, Donnalyn Lyon, said she knows the Whiteway family well, and her family feels “terrible” for them.

“It’s a sad, sad situation,” Lyon said. “And this is not supposed to happen in this area.”

Court records show that Rock had a criminal record in Orange County stretching back at least a decade to a no contest plea for possession of marijuana in 2001. He pleaded no contest to resisting arrest in 2008 and pleaded guilty to a similar charge three years later.

One charge, first-degree aggravated assault, a felony, was active, and a pre-trial conference was set for January. Court documents in that case were not available yesterday.

Various other charges against Rock, such as a simple assault and petit larceny, had been dropped over the years, including a charge in 2008 that he had threatened violence against Whiteway.

Hooker said Rock had a difficult life but was making a concerted effort to get it back on track.

“He was trying very hard to straighten things out quite a bit,” Hooker said. “He was really trying very hard.”

Jon Wolper can be reached at jwolper@vnews.com or 603-727-3248. Valley News Photographer James M. Patterson contributed to this report.

PHOTO CORRECTION

A photo caption associated with this story has been amended to correct an earlier error.

Maj. Ed Ledo is commander of the Vermont State Police's Bureau of Criminal Investigation, and Maj. Walt Goodell is commander of the Field Force Division. A photograph in Thursday's Valley News about a fatal shooting in Newbury, Vt., gave the wrong title for Ledo and incorrect first name for Goodell.

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