ARLINGTON, Vt. (NEWS10) – A man accused in the stabbing death of an Arlington woman pleaded not guilty on first-degree murder and burglary charges on Thursday.
Timothy Butler, 31 entered Bennington Superior court keeping his head down and his shoulders hunched over as his attorney entered his plea.
According to Vermont State Police and an affidavit entered at court today, police say on January 2nd, Butler broke into 81-year-old Helen Jones home in Arlington and brutally stabbed her. A friend found her laying in a puddle of blood in her hallway near her bedroom.
Police say she had stab wounds to her hand, and torso.
Police say multiple people reached out to them days after the murder and told them they though Butler did it, one woman was Butlers mother in law.
Butler had done some type of yard work at Jones home in the past, according to police, and those who accused Butler of the crime.
Police say Butler admitted to them that he had done work there in the past and that he was at Jones house weeks prior to the murder to ask her if she needed any work done.
Another anonymous tip came in according to police that Butler told someone he killed Jones and allegedly said he wanted to kill himself but could not bring himself to do it.
Police say then A woman who says she use to be in a relationship with Butler told Police she noticed scratches on Butlers shoulder and later said she was drinking with him on Feb 24th and claims Butler started crying and said “I didn’t mean to do it.”
Police say that woman then had more talks with Butler that were recorded.
“We have been able to obtain recorded conversations with a person who cooperated with police and Mr. Butler during those conversations there were statements made by him that indicated he was involved in this crime,” Major Glenn Hall, VT State Police Criminal Division, said.
“You know Helen was a feisty Irish lady and she took care of people who were dying and she sat with them and that’s how I knew her and I just feel that she got a really rotten deal,” Margot Page, of Sunderland, said.
Butler was taken to Marble Valley Correctional Facility without bail.