Former teacher pleads not guilty in attack

Former Farmington teacher Anna Marie Schroth has pleaded not guilty to several charges, including attempted first-degree murder

Hannah Grover
Anna Marie Schroth

AZTEC — A former Mesa View Middle School teacher has pleaded not guilty to attacking her ex-husband with a baseball bat at his residence in Farmington.

Anna Marie Schroth, 40, was arraigned today in district court on multiple charges, including attempt to commit first-degree murder, aggravated burglary, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, two counts of battery on a peace officer, criminal damage to property and resisting, evading or obstructing an officer.

"We entered a not guilty plea, and she maintains her innocence," said Schroth's attorney, Arlon Stoker.

The charges stemmed from an Oct. 24 incident. A Farmington police officer responded to a call on Carol Creste Drive and found Schroth fighting with her ex-husband in the front yard, according to a statement of probable cause

Schroth allegedly attacked her ex-husband with a bat and later attempted to strangle him.

Schroth also tried to hit him with her car and caused $11,650 in damage to electronic items and vehicles, according to court records.

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Schroth also has two pending felony cases, including one from August also involving her ex-husband.

One day after bonding out of jail in August, Schroth allegedly went to her ex-husband's house and destroyed his kitchen counter with a baseball bat. She was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, felony vandalism and breaking and entering.

She had also previously been arrested on allegations she and her boyfriend prostituted a woman in Farmington and conspired to sell methamphetamine.

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After Schroth's arrest, the Farmington Municipal School District placed her on administrative leave. She was later discharged on Oct. 6, the district's executive director of human resources told The Daily Times last month.

Schroth had been a teacher at Mesa View Middle School for more than two years.

Judge Karen Townsend has revoked conditions of release in all three cases, and Schroth was in custody today at the San Juan Adult Detention Center.

Hannah Grover covers government for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652.