PORTLAND – The trial of a Standish woman accused of trying to beat her husband to death with a baseball bat is scheduled to begin this morning in Cumberland County Superior Court.

Linda Dolloff, 48, is charged with attempted murder, elevated aggravated assault and making a false public report. If convicted of the most serious charge, attempted murder, Dolloff will face as much as 30 years in prison.

The jury was picked last week by the prosecutor, District Attorney Stephanie Anderson, and Dolloff’s lawyer, Daniel Lilley.

Justice Joyce Wheeler is expected to hear arguments from Anderson and Lilley on a pretrial motion, beginning at 9 a.m. Opening statements will follow.

Dolloff is accused of attacking her husband on Easter morning last year, then shooting herself to make the incident look like a home invasion. She has maintained that an unidentified intruder committed the crime.

Jeffrey Dolloff, 54, was beaten so severely on the head that the responding medical workers and police officers didn’t believe he would survive.

Dolloff lost most of his teeth. Several bones in his face, including some orbital bones surrounding his eyes, were broken by multiple blows from a baseball bat.

Lilley contends that the 5-foot-5-inch woman, weighing 110 pounds, did not have enough strength to carry out such an attack.

Anderson has said little about the case in the months leading up to the trial, except to describe the beating of Jeffrey Dolloff as a “heinous assault.”

The Dolloffs were getting divorced, but it was amicable, Lilley has said. He also said Linda Dolloff had no motive, such as a significant life insurance policy.

Dolloff called police around 3 a.m. on April 12, 2009, to say that an intruder had attacked her husband and shot her.

She had a bullet wound in an upper thigh, one that just missed her vital organs and shattered her hip, her attorney said.

Linda Dolloff was arrested June 17. She has been free on bail.

 

Staff Writer Trevor Maxwell can be contacted at 791-6451 or at: [email protected]