Vt. woman pleads not guilty to charges following husband’s death

  • In this Dec. 10, 2019 booking photo provided by the Vermont State Police, Angela Auclair, of Bristol, Vt., is seen after she was arrested on suspicion of aiding in the commission of a felony (first-degree murder) and obstruction of justice arising from the July 11, 2019 fatal shooting of her husband, David Auclair in Hinesburg, Vt. Auclair is being held without bail and is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday, Dec. 11. (Vermont State Police via AP)

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Published: 12/11/2019 2:21:51 PM

A Vermont woman pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges connecting her to the death of her husband who police say was lured to a parking lot and shot multiple times.

The attorney for Angela Auclair, 47, of Bristol, entered the plea on her behalf on charges of suspicion of aiding in the commission of first-degree murder and obstruction of justice. She is being held without bail.

If convicted, Angela Auclair could be sentenced to 35 years to life in prison.

David Auclair, 45, of Williston, was shot July 11 in a trailhead parking lot in Hinesburg last summer. His body was found partly under his pickup truck, and an affidavit filed in court Wednesday said grease on his hands made it appear he had been trying to crawl under the truck when he died.

David Auclair was lured to the location where he was killed by a call from a disposable phone that had been purchased earlier that day by Angela Auclair’s son and his girlfriend, according to court documents.

The morning after David Auclair was killed, Angela Auclair called the police to report her husband missing. She said he had been called in to work the night before and never came home, but the investigation found there had been no emergency at his workplace.

A witness later told investigators that a week before David Auclair’s death, his wife and her son Kory George discussed killing David Auclair.

Police said their investigation revealed a “pre-planned and coordinated effort” to burglarize a Colchester residence July 10, where a firearm was stolen and used in the shooting. Police also said Angela Auclair instructed at least one witness in the case to lie to the police.

Police later recovered the gun and the phone from the Lewis Creek, near where Auclair was killed.

George, 31, was arrested in September and charged with being a felon in possession of the firearm used to kill Auclair.

During the Wednesday court hearing, Deputy State’s Attorney Andrew McFarlin said there would be another arraignment this week using many of the same documents used in the Wednesday arraignment.

The small courtroom where the video arraignment took place was packed with David Auclair’s family members. His sister Melisa Semprebon spoke for the family, saying they wanted everyone to remember the good things about her brother.

“We knew there were a lot of horrible things going on, but never suspected anything like this could happen,” she said.

“It’s a positive step in we are getting some justice, but it’s also not anything to celebrate,” she said of the charges.

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