Farmington woman charged with attempted murder

Noel Lyn Smith

FARMINGTON — A Farmington woman is accused of attempting to kill her ex-husband during an incident outside a residence in northeast Farmington.

Anna Marie Schroth

Anna Marie Schroth, 40, was charged on Oct. 24 in Farmington Magistrate Court with attempted murder after allegedly attacking her ex-husband with a baseball bat during a fight. She faces additional charges of aggravated burglary; aggravated battery against a household member; criminal damage to property; resisting, evading or obstructing an officer, and two counts of battery upon a peace officer.

A preliminary examination hearing in magistrate court was waived on Tuesday, and the case was bound over to the district court, according to court records.

On Oct. 24, a Farmington police officer responded to a call in the area of 5005 Carol Creste Drive and found Schroth fighting with her ex-husband in the front yard of a residence, according to a statement of probable cause.

The report states Schroth was wrapped around her ex-husband as he was standing, and he appeared to be trying to take the bat away from her. The officer asked Schroth to release the bat but she refused, according to the report.

The ex-husband eventually took the bat away from Schroth, then the woman appeared to try to strangle her ex-husband, the report states. Schroth was removed from her ex-husband by the officer and taken into custody.

According to the statement, the ex-husband reported Schroth caused $11,650 in damage to electronics items and vehicles, and attempted to strike him with her car.

Schroth was released from the San Juan County Adult Detention Center after posting bond on Oct. 28, according to court records.

In addition to the Oct. 24 charges, she has two pending felony cases in district court from July and August, according to court records.

Attorney Arlon Stoker is representing Schroth in each case.

"I think the attempted murder charge is overblown," Stoker said today about the recent case. He added he will meet with the district attorney to discuss the charges.

At the time of her arrest in August, Schroth was a teacher at Mesa View Middle School and was placed on administrative leave.

Chris Pash, executive director of human resources at the Farmington Municipal School District, said today that Schroth is no longer employed by the district. She was discharged on Oct. 6, and, up to that time, she was on administrative leave, Pash said.

Noel Lyn Smith covers the Navajo Nation for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4636.