By Melanie Plenda, Special to the Reformer
BRATTLBEORO — Elena Borre remembers the tone of her sister’s voice and the sound of shoes scraping on wood before the phone went dead.
“She said, ‘I shot them, I think they are both dead, there’s blood, so much blood,'” Borre testified Tuesday morning at the trial of her sister Robin O’Neill, 64, formerly of Townsend who is facing second-degree murder charges for the Nov. 18, 2014 shooting deaths of Steven Lott, 60, and his son, Jamis Lott, 28.
“I said ‘why would you do that?'” Borre continued, her voice breaking. “And she said in the saddest and most confused voice, ‘I don’t know.'”
Previous testimony indicated that O’Neill was “substantially impaired” at the time of her arrest and was at times incoherent and rambling the night of the killings. Her blood alcohol content was 0.223 at the scene, according to testimony.
Borre, who lives in Texas, testified Tuesday that she and her sister — who are roughly 10 years apart in age — were close, but also went through times when they were not. Borre, who was a witness for the prosecution, upon cross examination, acknowledged that she knew her sister had a tendency to binge drink. That she starts to drink and doesn’t stop until she’s “pretty much out of it,” Borre said.
Borre said after hearing her sister say I don’t know, she heard police come into the house and tell her sister to put her hands up and get on her knees. Borre said O’Neill left the phone off the hook.
“I kept yelling, ‘what’s going on? Hello? Hello?,” Borre testified. “Eventually someone hung up the phone.”
She went on to agree with defense…
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