- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 10, 2015

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - A prosecutor says a potential plea deal has been removed as an option in the case of a Vermont man who was granted a new trial after being sentenced for kidnapping and murder.

Donald Fell was convicted in 2005 for the abduction and murder of 53-year-old Terri King of North Clarendon in 2000. A judge granted a new trial in July because of juror misconduct.

U.S. Attorney Eugenia Cowles tells the Burlington Free Press (https://bfpne.ws/1ASDA8m) she’s not able to talk about the negotiations. She said the decision is that the case has to go forward as a trial death penalty case.

The deal would have called for Fell to plead guilty to kidnapping and killing in exchange for a life sentence.

Attempts to reach Fell’s lawyers were unsuccessful.

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Information from: The Burlington Free Press, https://www.burlingtonfreepress.com


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