PORTLAND — Linda Dolloff seemed stunned when a state police detective told her last June that her husband suspected that she was involved in his severe beating.

In an interview videotaped last June 3, Linda Dolloff didn’t respond for a long period after Detective William Ross told her that her husband, Jeffrey Dolloff, and his family suspected her involvement in the April 12, 2009, attack in the couple’s Standish home.

Jeffrey Dolloff was severely beaten with a softball bat and Linda Dolloff was shot in the abdomen in the incident. Linda Dolloff said the two were victims of a home invasion but prosecutors contend she beat her husband amid rising anger over an impending divorce, then shot herself and reported a home invasion to cover up the assault.

Linda Dolloff is being tried iin Cumberland County Superior Court on charges of attempted murder, elevated aggravated assault and filing a false report.

In the tape shown today, after Ross tells her of her husband’s suspicions, Linda Dolloff finally responds that Jeffrey Dolloff had told her he had “no doubt” she wasn’t involved.

“I don’t understand,” Linda Dolloff said.

Ross suggests that Linda Dolloff was upset over the prospect of having to leave the house that she and Jeffrey Dolloff had built, but Linda Dolloff repeatedly said she was sure her husband would take care of her, even if they divorced.

Ross said Linda Dolloff was arrested about two weeks later because police were concerned about a possible confrontation between the couple. He said Linda Dolloff had gone to the couple’s house a couple of times and Jeffrey Dolloff would “greet her in the driveway with a firearm on his hip.”

One of Linda Dolloff’s bail conditions was to stay away from the couple’s house and have no contact with Jeffrey Dolloff.

The morning’s testimony ended with defense lawyer Daniel Lilley cross-examining Ross and suggesting that he quickly discounted the report of the first officer on the scene that he saw someone in the window of a first-floor door at a time when the defense says LInda Dolloff was on the second floor after being shot.

Lilley also said that Jeffrey Dolloff had enemies from his job as a consultant in a cell phone tower building project in Massachusetts. Jeffrey Dolloff told the grand jury that indicted his wife that his job was “to piss people off” and had recenlty fired several supervisors on the project, but Lilley said police didn’t talk to any of the fired workers.

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