Jury acquits LaClaire in murder trial
Staff Report | September 27,2013
BRATTLEBORO – Former nurse’s aide Jodi LaClaire was found innocent of the murder of one of her elderly patients Friday, but in a split verdict, a Windham County jury found her guilty of stealing the elderly woman’s credit card in order to get $3,000 in cash advances.
The jury of eight women and four men deliberated for five hours starting mid-afternoon Friday, announcing they had reached a verdict at about 7:30 p.m.
The first verdicts to be read were the financial exploitation counts, and the jury forewoman and the rest of the jury told Judge David Suntag their guilty verdicts were unanimous.
But with Count Eight – the second degree murder charge for causing the death of 83-year-old Nita Lowery by injecting her with insulin, the verdict was “not guilty,” as well as the companion Count Nine – elder abuse, again “not guilty.”
LaClaire, who has showed little if any emotion during the three week trial, cried after the jury had left the courtroom.
Her attorneys, Daniel Sedon of Chelsea and Richard Ammons of Brattleboro, said they would file post-conviction motions in 10 days to challenge the financial convictions and seek her release from prison pending sentencing.
“She’s been through a tremendous ordeal,” Ammons told reporters after the verdict.