Woman killed, man held in Winooski shooting

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A 24-year-old Winooski man is being held on $1 million bail after pleading not guilty to first-degree murder in the shooting death of his girlfriend.

Authorities say Stephen Marsh of Winooski is charged in the fatal shooting late Wednesday of Laura Jean Cousens, 28, of Colchester, an incident that police said followed other incidents of gunplay during their five-month relationship.

Police say Marsh first told them Cousens was playing with the gun and shot herself, but that he later changed his story and acknowledged pulling the trigger.

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