"Why would they beat me with a baseball bat and shoot you with my gun? They were sitting on 15 hundred dollars cash they left in a drawer."
"I have no friggin' idea," she said.
Then, for the first time, Jeff Dolloff said it out loud. He told his wife of a dozen years that he was beginning to think she had something to do with his beating.
"You should have heard somebody 10 feet away from you," Dolloff said. "You should have seen somebody 10 feet away from you. A lot of this s*** doesn't make sense to me. ... This is going to cost me the rest of my life."
"Are you saying you think I had something to do with this?" she replied.
"Well, there's only one person in the world who's pissed off at me right now, and that's you," he said.
There was nothing in the conversation that she'd like to take back now, Linda Dolloff told ABC News.
"Absolutely not. ... Perhaps he needed that call to allay any of his fears that I, you know, I was responsible for it in any way," Linda said. "That was a way for him to be able to talk to me and hear my own voice saying that it wasn't me."
She had admitted nothing. Still, within a month, even without a confession or direct evidence against her, police made the Maine yoga instructor the central suspect in the brutal attempted murder of her husband.
Police had a changing sense of her possible motive for the attack. She had always claimed the pending divorce was amicable, and that her husband was generous and open to reconciliation.
But police had found out from Jeff Dolloff something she had not told them. Just before the attack, he had announced that he was bringing a woman to the house Linda loved for a look-see.
"I had told her ... there was a woman in Massachusetts I had met when I was working down there, and I would like her to come up and see the farm," he said. "To meet the dog, to meet the kids, to meet my mother ... and to meet the neighbors."
She admitted it was hard to hear. "When I had plenty of time to get accustomed to what was going on and he was, started talking in February, and I was hurt, of course," she said.
Ross brought Linda Dolloff in for an interrogation. He told her that her story of an outside intruder didn't make sense.
"It's difficult for us to see how Jeff was assaulted by someone else that came in from outside the house," Ross told her Linda in a tape of the interrogation. "What else happened that night?"
"I don't know how to answer that question," she said. "We had a nice dinner together."
Ross grew direct at one point.
"I think Jeff wanted to move on with his life," Ross told her on the tape. "I think Jeff was looking to push you off to the side."
"I didn't feel that way," she said. "He was taking care of me."
Linda didn't budge. She said she wasn't feeling well, stood up and ended the interview.
"Until I sat in that room, I guess I just, I didn't want to believe it," she said. "And I didn't want to accept the fact that somebody would think I was capable of doing such an act."
Two weeks later, Linda Dolloff was handcuffed, put in the back of a squad car and charged with attempted murder, elevated aggravated assault and filing a false report. She would plead not guilty to all charges.
ABC News asked her directly whether she tried to kill her husband.
"Absolutely not," she said. "Never thought about it, no. Never. No. Absolutely not."