Prosecutors say she’s cold-hearted and beat her husband nearly to death, then shot herself to make it look like a home invasion.

Linda Dolloff and her legal team say she’s innocent, a pacifist who lives the gentle yoga she teaches.

The ABC news magazine “20/20” focused Friday night on the case of the 48-year-old Standish woman who was convicted in May of attempted murder in the attack on Easter weekend 2009.

The program included interviews with Dolloff, who intensely and sometimes emotionally denied she is even capable of trying to beat someone to death.

The reporter also questioned five of the jurors. They said the first vote on whether Dolloff was guilty came back 7-5, with all five women voting for not guilty.

They said they couldn’t imagine a woman committing such a heinous crime. But they found the ballistic evidence persuasive.

Ultimately, it was her demeanor during the trial that swayed them.

“She never changed expression. She was stone cold,” one juror said.

Asked about the verdict, Dolloff told “20/20” that she couldn’t accept it at first.

“The realization of the verdict came when they put me in that cell,” she said.

The program took viewers to the scene, with investigators showing the Dolloffs’ house at night, and replayed Linda Dolloff’s screams on the tape of her 911 call on April 12, 2009.

“Somebody is in my house! Somebody is in my house!” she yells, then “Oh my God! Oh my God!”

Finally, she is heard wailing “Jeff … Jeff.”

The program showed home video of the couple working on their house together, and photographs with the two soaking together in a hot tub.

It also showed the blood-spattered walls of Jeffrey Dolloff’s bedroom and pictures of Linda Dolloff collapsed on the floor at the entrance to the house.

It showed video of her interview with detectives, and a secret recording that was made the first time Jeffrey Dolloff called his wife after the attack.

Cumberland County District Attorney Stephanie Anderson explained that Linda Dolloff may come across as a peaceful, back-to-the-land person but she can be a calculating plotter under the right circumstances.

The program showed what it said were inconsistencies in the state’s case, how the state’s blood spatter expert disagreed with Anderson’s conclusion that the softball bat attack was the only way for her husband’s blood to get on her clothing. It questioned why there was no DNA evidence that Linda Dolloff handled the gun.

WMTW-TV in Portland aired a segment on its 11 p.m. newscast afterward, an interview with the “20/20” reporter, Jim Avila. Avila said Jeffrey Dolloff would forgive Linda if she apologized.

Given the chance, she did not.

“I did not try to kill my husband. I have nothing to be sorry for,” she said.

Daniel Lilley, Dolloff’s attorney, said after the program that it did a fair job — although he faulted a couple of its inferences. He said it could help his effort to have the judge overturn the verdict or order a new trial.

“It may be similar to Dennis Dechaine,” he said. “There’s a groundswell of support already before the program. There are a couple people forming groups, ‘Free Linda Dolloff’ kinds of groups,” he said.

He said the jurors’ statements sound like reasonable doubt, which means a not-guilty verdict was appropriate.

Lilley has asked a judge to overturn the conviction or at least order a new trial, saying “no reasonable juror could rationally find” that Dolloff tried to kill her husband.

Linda Dolloff was defiant as the show closed. She said she has lost everything.

“He did not deserve this, and neither did I,” she said at the end of the program. “We both lost.”

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