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James Scarola Pleads Not Guilty to Aggravated Murder

James Scarola pleaded not guilty Thursday to aggravated attempted murder.
BURLINGTON, Vt. - James Scarola pleaded not guilty Thursday to aggravated attempted murder.

James Scarola is accused of beating his wife with a metal baseball bat. Police say Scarola and his wife were in the process of getting divorced.

Prosecutors say in September, Scarola was basically waiting for his wife to get home. When she did, he attacked her.

Court records show 14 minutes later Scarola called 911 himself.

FOX 44 and ABC 22 news spoke with the state's attorney and exclusively with Scarola's defense team.

"It was clear that the force of the blows were consistent with the intent to kill somebody," Chittenden County State's Attorney TJ Donovan said.

"We're carefully looking through all of the evidence and doing what we can," Sandra Lee, Representing James Scarola, said. "He has a right to be defended, and again, it's a court process."

Police say Scarola gave their two kids sleeping pills before the attack. Police also say Scarola searched the Internet looking at what substance is placed on rags to make people pass out.

Scarola remains behind bars. Colleen Scarola is listed in fair condition.




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