Homicide

Suspect in death of Vermont social worker scheduled to make first court appearance

  • People place flowers, Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015, at the site where Vermont social worker Lara Sobel was killed on Friday in Barre, Vt. About 300 people attended a vigil that began at a labor hall and ended at the site where Sobel was shot Friday as she left work. Jody Herring, the woman charged with Sobel's death, is due in court Monday. (AP Photo/Wilson Ring)

    People place flowers, Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015, at the site where Vermont social worker Lara Sobel was killed on Friday in Barre, Vt. About 300 people attended a vigil that began at a labor hall and ended at the site where Sobel was shot Friday as she left work. Jody Herring, the woman charged with Sobel's death, is due in court Monday. (AP Photo/Wilson Ring)  (The Associated Press)

  • Joe Faryniarz, left, and Tiertza-Leah Schwartz, cousins of slain Vermont social worker Lara Sobel, lead a procession in her memory, Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015, in Barre, Vt. About 300 people attended a vigil that began at a labor hall and ended at the site where Sobel was shot Friday as she left work. Jody Herring, the woman charged with Sobel's death, is due in court Monday. (AP Photo/Wilson Ring)

    Joe Faryniarz, left, and Tiertza-Leah Schwartz, cousins of slain Vermont social worker Lara Sobel, lead a procession in her memory, Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015, in Barre, Vt. About 300 people attended a vigil that began at a labor hall and ended at the site where Sobel was shot Friday as she left work. Jody Herring, the woman charged with Sobel's death, is due in court Monday. (AP Photo/Wilson Ring)  (The Associated Press)

  • Jody Herring is led out of court after her arraignment  in Vermont Superior Court in Barre, Vt., Monday, Aug. 10, 2015. The Vermont woman charged with killing a social worker because she was upset about losing custody of her 9-year-old daughter pleaded not guilty on Monday and was ordered held without bail. (Toby Talbot/Times Argus via AP, Pool)

    Jody Herring is led out of court after her arraignment in Vermont Superior Court in Barre, Vt., Monday, Aug. 10, 2015. The Vermont woman charged with killing a social worker because she was upset about losing custody of her 9-year-old daughter pleaded not guilty on Monday and was ordered held without bail. (Toby Talbot/Times Argus via AP, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

A Vermont woman is due in court to answer a first-degree murder charge in the shooting death of a social worker who police say was killed because the suspect was upset at losing custody of her 9-year-old daughter.

Police say 40-year-old Jody Herring is due to appear in Vermont Superior Court in Barre on Monday afternoon to answer the charge in the death of Lara Sobel.

Police believe that before killing the 48-year-old Sobel, Herring killed three relatives in the adjoining town of Berlin. No charges have been filed yet in that case.

On Sunday, about 300 people remembered Sobel by marching to the parking lot outside the regional office of the Department for Children and Families where Sobel was killed.