Woman charged with perjury in domestic assault caseStaff Report | December 11,2012BENNINGTON — A Harwood Hill woman is facing a felony charge of perjury after an investigator with the Bennington County State's Attorney Office said she lied during a deposition about a man she had accused of domestic assault.
Heidi E. Gardner, 41, of Bennington, was arraigned in Bennington criminal court on Monday on a felony count of perjury and a misdemeanor count of giving false information to police in order to implicate another person. Gardner pleaded innocent to the charges.
In an affidavit, Investigator Justin Niles said he was following up on the arrest of Floyd Amidon, 54, for domestic assault when he was notified on Oct. 31 that Gardner may have committed perjury during a deposition. In the deposition, taken on Oct. 29, Gardner said she had ended a relationship with Amidon on Aug. 17 and said that he had not been violent with her that day. She also denied telling a police dispatcher that Amidon choked her and prevented her from getting to the phone.
Niles said the recorded call to the Bennington police dispatcher indicated Gardner had reported an assault on Aug. 17 and told Niles a similar story on Aug. 30.
The affidavit said Amidon and Gardner discussed getting married and buying a home together during phone calls, which were recorded, made by Amidon from prison to Gardner between Oct. 10 and 27.
Gardner was released without bail on Monday but was ordered not to have contact with Amidon.MORE IN This Just In
- Most Popular
- Most Emailed
- TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: Patrick McArdle reports and the theft of an $89,000 shotgun, police release a video of the Monday Castleton robbery, O'Gorman reports a lawsuit by a local man claiming his vehicle unlawfully seized, police leave him in cold.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: Giles Corey of Salem, Mass., is pressed to death during the Salem witch trials; on this day in 1952, film comedian Charlie Chaplin, while traveling to England, is denied re-entry into the United States by U.S. attorney general.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: Dutch father of microbiology Antonie van Leeuwenhoek discovers the existence of one-celled organisms; in 1967, The Doors are booked to play the Ed Sullivan show; in 1858, freedom fighter Dred Scott dies on this day in St. Louis.
- TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: No money this year for western rail project, Lola Aiken memorialized in Montpelier, Supreme Court Castleton murder suspect will remain in jail, Shaftbury man fires shots from his AK-47 into neighbor's home.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day in 1959, Soviet Premier Nikita S. Khrushchev arrives in U.S. for historic 13-day visit; in 1987, Secretary of State George Shultz and Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze sign nuclear reduction agreement.
- TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: City celebrates completion of its newest mural, on West Street opposite the post office, more than $2 million in federal grants will bolster Vermont's health centers, Patrick McArdle reports on pending sale of Vermont papers.