The Latest: Suspect in social worker death pleads not guilty


Vermont Mom Accused Of Killing 3 Relatives, Social Worker

BARRE, Vt. (AP) — The latest in the case of a Vermont woman who police say fatally shot a social worker because she was upset about losing custody of her 9-year-old daughter. Police believe she also killed two cousins and an aunt (all times local):

1:20 p.m.

A Vermont woman has pleaded not guilty to charges that she gunned down a social worker after losing custody of her 9-year-old daughter.

Forty-year-old Jody Herring was ordered held without bail on Monday. Police say she shot Lara Sobel twice as the social worker left the Department for Children and Families building in Barre on Friday. Police also believe she shot three family members to death.

Court documents say Herring was calm and laughing after shooting the 48-year-old Sobel.

Herring is charged with first-degree murder. No charges have been filed related to the shooting death of her relatives.

The affidavit says Herring became agitated when police interviewed her Friday night. She said police never helped her when her boyfriend beat her and she complained about injustices done to her by DCF.

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1 p.m.

Court records show the Vermont woman accused of shooting a social worker and three family members to death after losing custody of her 9-year-old daughter had warned her brother of the coming violence.

In an affidavit released Monday morning, police officers say Jody Herring shot Lara Sobel as she left the state Department of Children and Families office in Barre on Friday afternoon. The court records say she shot her again while she was on the ground.

In phone messages left for Dwayne Herring, Jody Herring said he needed to contact her right away. Four minutes later, she left another message, sounding hysterical and telling him to watch the news.

According to the affidavit, she said, "You'll wish you got ahold of me earlier."

Herring is being arraigned Monday on first-degree murder.

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10 a.m.

Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell says the woman charged with killing a state social worker is scheduled to be arraigned at 1 p.m. Monday in Barre, not far from where the shooting happened.

Sorrell said attorneys for 40-year-old Jody Herring filed a motion Sunday asking that she appear in court in Burlington.

But Sorrell asked that it be held in Barre, not far from where police say Herring shot and killed Department for Children and Families social worker Lara Sobel on Friday as the woman left work.

Police say Herring was upset at losing custody of her 9-year-old daughter.

Police also believe Herring shot and killed three relatives before shooting Sobel. It's unclear if she will be charged in those cases.

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9:30 a.m.

Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell says it's still unclear where the woman charged with killing a state social worker will appear in court.

Sorrell says attorneys for 40-year-old Jody Herring filed a motion Sunday asking that she appear in court in Burlington.

But Sorrell says his office is asking that it be held Monday in Barre, not far from where police say Herring shot and killed Department for Children and Families social worker Lara Sobel on Friday as the woman left work.

Police say Herring was upset at losing custody of her 9-year-old daughter.

Sorrell says he expects to learn late in the morning whether the hearing will be in Barre or Burlington.

Police also believe Herring shot and killed three relatives before shooting Sobel. It's unclear if she will be charged in those cases.

Sorrell says Herring is expected to appear in court between 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Monday.

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