Woman charged with mur­der

Po­lice say per­son poi­soned with al­co­hol, pre­scrip­tion drugs

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Brian Hu­bert bhu­bert@free­manon­line.com @bri­anat­free­man on Twit­ter

A Phoeni­cia woman was charged with sec­ond-de­gree mur­der af­ter she al­legedly poi­soned a per­son with a com­bi­na­tion of al­co­holic bev­er­ages and pre­scrip­tion drugs, the Ul­ster County Sher­iff’s Of­fice said Sun­day.

Solane H. Ver­raine, 62, was charged af­ter the town of Shandaken Po­lice Depart­ment in­ves­ti­gated a sus­pi­cious death Satur­day evening in the rear apart­ment at 46 state Route 214, the Sher­iff’s Of­fice said.

Au­thor­i­ties did not pro­vided the name, age and gen­der of the per­son who died. But De­clan Fee­han, who owns the Phoeni­cia Liquor Store at 42 Main St. in the ham­let, said out­side his shop on Sun­day that the de­ceased was Ver-

raine’s hus­band, Johnny, who he had known for al­most two decades.

On her Face­book page, Ver­raine iden­ti­fies her­self as be­ing mar­ried to Johnny Asia — her pro­file name is Solane Ver­raine Asia — and in a Satur­day night post­ing, she wrote: “Please ... light a can­dle for Johnny that he pass into the light. Thank you. (W)ith all my heart.”

Asia’s Face­book page says he turned 65 in May.

The Sher­iff’s Of­fice said Ver­raine called town po­lice Satur­day night to re­port a death at the home and that af­ter au­thor­i­ties found the death to be sus­pi­cious, they asked for the help of sher­iff’s de­tec­tives.

Ver­raine was taken to the Ul­ster County Law En­force­ment Cen­ter for ques­tion­ing, and fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­vealed how the vic­tim died, the Sher­iff’s Of­fice said.

The Sher­iff’s Of­fice did not say whether Ver­raine con­fessed.

Ver­raine was ar­raigned

in Hur­ley Town Court and was sent to the Ul­ster County Jail with­out bail.

Dorothy Casey, who lives at 44 Route 214, next door to where the death oc­curred, said Sun­day that Ver­raine’s hus­band had many med­i­cal is­sues and am­bu­lances and po­lice cars fre­quently came to the home, so she thought it was another med­i­cal emer­gency Satur­day night.

“It’s late at night and you mind your own busi­ness,” she said.

Casey said Ver­raine and her hus­band seemed like a nice cou­ple and of­ten said “hi” to her.

“There was no con­fronta­tion,” she said. “You’d see them walk into town hand in hand.”

Fee­han, the liquor store owner, said he “knew them both” and was shocked to learn of the death.

“Johnny’s been com­ing [to the store] 15 to 20 years,” he said.

Fee­han said the cou­ple met on an on­line dat­ing site and got mar­ried a few years ago. Ver­raine’s Face­book page says the two wed in Oc­to­ber 2014.

“It’s sad,” Fee­han said. “Johnny used to walk up and down the roads.”

The Sher­iff’s Of­fice said Ver­raine called town po­lice Satur­day night to re­port a death at the home and that af­ter au­thor­i­ties found the death to be sus­pi­cious, they asked for the help of sher­iff’s de­tec­tives.

BRIAN HU­BERT — DAILY FREE­MAN

The Ul­ster County Sher­iff’s Of­fice said Solane H. Ver­raine called po­lice to re­port a death at the rear apart­ment at 46 state Route 214 in Shandaken. Po­lice later charged Ver­raine with sec­ond-de­gree mur­der.

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