"Do I think she's a murderer? I mean, generally? No, I don't think she's a murderer generally. I think she tried to kill her husband."
Dolloff, who still limps from the bullet in her hip, hired defense attorney Dan Lilley, a veteran of more than 50 homicide cases, to defend her. He said Linda was offered a plea bargain.
"The prosecutor, prior to the trial, offered a three-year term in jail and two years probation," Lilley said. "She turned that down because she said she didn't commit the crime and she wanted a trial."
It was a huge gamble. Linda Dolloff was facing up to a 30-year prison sentence if convicted.
"This was going to be a Super Bowl from our point of view," sheriff Dion said. "I mean the best on both sides had gathered within this case to wrestle it out in the courtroom."
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