- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 2, 2017

ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) - A prosecutor has re-filed a murder charge against a Vermont man accused of killing his foster mother in 2000.

The Caledonian Record reports (https://bit.ly/2.IT98C) 34-year-old Scott Favreau is scheduled to be arraigned in Caledonia Superior Court on Aug. 8 on a first-degree murder charge.

Last month, a judge threw out a second-degree murder conviction against Favreau, saying the trial judge never asked Favreau if he admitted to the facts of his guilty plea during a plea hearing. Favreau pleaded guilty to the charge in 2002 in the death of foster mother Vicki Campbell-Beer, and was sentenced to 17 year to life in prison.

Favreau later said he was manipulated by his lawyers and that his confession was coerced.

Tashia Beer, Campbell-Beer’s husband’s daughter, was also convicted and served a sentence for her role in the killing.

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