Saturday, May 16, 2015

Slow Saturday Special: Dearden Wife

"NYPD psychologist faces charges in attack" Associated Press  May 08, 2015

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — A psychologist for the New York Police Department has been indicted on an attempted murder charge, accused of shooting her husband in the head as he slept in their suburban home.

The husband, Kenneth Dearden, has alleged in a lawsuit that his wife tried to kill him because she was having an affair and wanted to avoid a messy divorce.

Kenneth Dearden, 48, a real estate developer, said he woke up on Nov. 14, 2013, with searing pain in his jaw — from a gunshot to the base of his skull. He survived, possibly because the shooter used an antique derringer, he said.

Emily Dearden, 46, of Yonkers, was suspended last year from her NYPD job and is free on $150,000 bail.

The gist of my print. Web added this:

Emily Dearden’s lawyer, Paul Bergman, issued a statement Thursday saying she denies the charges and is confident of acquittal. He said earlier that Kenneth Dearden’s lawsuit was ‘‘baseless’’ retaliation for his wife’s filing for divorce.

The indictment accuses Emily Dearden of illegally possessing four guns, including two .22-caliber pistols that could be derringers.

She claimed an intruder had come in and knocked her unconscious, the lawsuit said.

It alleged that after the shooting, Emily Dearden called her lover before notifying her husband’s family and met the lover for coffee before visiting her husband at the hospital.

Kenneth Dearden’s lawyer said the civil case has been halted pending the resolution of the criminal case. The Deardens’ two daughters are living with their father, he said.

Emily Dearden was ordered to stay away from her family, but Bergman said Thursday she is now seeing her daughters regularly.

I love happy endings.