Mur­der sus­pect in court to­day

Woman charged in Phoeni­cia death has no prior record, sher­iff says

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Paul Kirby pkirby@free­manon­ paulat­free­man on Twit­ter

The Phoeni­cia woman charged with sec­ond-de­gree mur­der in a week­end death is due in court this af­ter­noon.

Solane H. Ver­raine, 62, is sched­uled to ap­pear for a pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing at 12:30 p.m. in Shandaken Town Court, Ul­ster County Dis­trict At­tor­ney Hol­ley Carn­right said Mon­day. He said the case then is to be pre­sented to an Ul­ster County grand jury.

Ver­raine was charged late Satur­day af­ter po­lice con­cluded the death of a per­son at 46 Route

214 in Shandaken ham­let of Phoeni­cia was the re­sult of Ver­raine giv­ing the per­son a lethal com­bi­na­tion of al­co­hol and pre­scrip­tion drugs, ac­cord­ing to the Ul­ster County Sher­iff’s Of­fice.

Nei­ther Sher­iff Paul VanBlar­cum nor Carn­right would dis­cuss a pos­si­ble mo­tive on Mon­day. VanBlar­cum said Ver­raine has no prior crim­i­nal record.

Au­thor­i­ties did not pro­vide the name, age and gen­der of the per­son who died; VanBlar­cum said his of­fice on Mon­day still was seek­ing to no­tify the de­ceased per­son’s next of kin.

But De­clan Fee­han, who owns the Phoeni­cia Liquor Store at 42 Main St. in the ham­let, said on Sun­day that the de­ceased was Ver­raine’s hus­band, Johnny, who he had known for al­most two decades.

On her Face­book page, Ver­raine iden­ti­fies her­self as be­ing mar­ried to Johnny 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.” Com­ments re­spond­ing that post sug­gested Asia had been ill.

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

Posts on Asia’s Face­book page early Mon­day in­cluded “So sad to hear that Johnny is gone” and “RIP Johnny, you were one of a kind.”

The Sher­iff’s Of­fice said Ver­raine called town po­lice Satur­day evening to re­port a death in the rear apart­ment at 46 Route 214 and that af­ter po­lice 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 in Kingston 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.

Fee­han, the liquor store owner, said he knew both Ver­raine and Asia and was shocked to learn of the death.

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.


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