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Feb. 14, 2015 -- Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore announced today that Emily Dearden (DOB 05/15/68) of 82 Pondfield Road West, Yonkers, New York, was arraigned today on a seven-count indictment charging her with:

  • one count of Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, a class "B" Felony,
  • one count of Assault in the First Degree, a class "B" Felony,
  • one count of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, a class "C" Felony,
  • four counts of Criminal Possession of a firearm, class "E" Felonies,

relating to the shooting of her husband, Kenneth Dearden.

"One of the most troubling aspects of the allegations in this indictment is that whatever may have precipitated the defendant's actions against her husband, they were carried out just feet from where their children were sleeping," said District Attorney Janet DiFiore.

On Nov. 14, 2013 at approximately 4 a.m., the victim, Kenneth Dearden woke up with a pain on the left side of his head.

Police and EMS are called. The victim is then taken to the hospital where they determine that he was shot in the head.

He is transferred to a trauma center. Detectives obtain a search warrant and return to the crime scene.

The victim spends approximately eight days at Westchester Medical Center undergoing surgery, has a .22 caliber bullet removed from his jaw.

On Nov. 20, 2014 Yonkers detectives arrest the defendant and she is charged by Felony Complaint.

Bail was continued at $150,000 bond.

The defendant's next appearance will be on July 30, 2015.

The defendant faces a maximum sentence of twenty-five years in state prison.

Assistant District Attorney Wendy Parra, Chief of the Domestic Violence Bureau and Assistant District Attorney Amy Puerto, Deputy Chief of the Domestic Violence Bureau are prosecuting the case.


Emily Dearden

Emily Dearden


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