A Vermont woman denied killing her boyfriend, Troy Ford and hiding his body in a trash bin for months Wednesday in Franklin County Superior Court. Erika Guttilla entered the ‘not guilty’ plea after exercising her 24-hour rule right Tuesday.
Court paperwork shows the 31 year-old told police that Ford was abusive and had been living at her family’s home in Highgate for months until it became ‘unbearable’. Ford’s remains were found over the weekend by people walking their dogs in a wooded area off Darlene Drive.
Guttilla’s mother Carmen is also believed to be involved in Ford’s murder. She pleaded not guilty to conspiracy charges on Monday. Court paperwork shows it was her gun used in the fatal shooting.
Guttilla was ordered held without bail and must have no contact with the victim’s family or even her own family.
“She is in a situation she has never been in before all by herself… I have to recognize that… Her mom is going to be in the same facility and everyone as I understand it has given statements and recorded statements,” said Steve Dunham, Guttilla’s attorney.
Guttilla’s current boyfriend Corey Cassani was also in court Tuesday, he’s accused of but denies helping dispose the body. The 28 year-old is being held on $50,000 bail.