Still No Trial Date for Accused Vermont Arsonist

May 22, 2009

The lawyer for an accused arsonist said to suffer from multiple personality disorder plans an insanity defense at her trial.

Fifty-two-year-old Cheryl D. Potwin, of Sharon, is charged in a pair of 2006 fires _ one in Hartland, one in Woodstock. A judge has said she’s competent to stand trial, but public defender Kevin Griffin says in court filings that he will argue she was insane when she allegedly set the fires.

Experts in the case have testified that Potwin has nine or 10 personalities, including a 9-year-old boy, an adult woman and someone she refers to as “Blackie Rage,” who’s the one the others blame for the fires.

No trial date has been set for the case in Vermont District Court in White River Junction.

Information from: Lebanon Valley News

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