- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 9, 2017

ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) - A Vermont man has once again pleaded not guilty to a murder charge in the 2000 death of his foster mother.

The Caledonian Record reports (https://bit.ly/2uoujoh) 34-year-old Scott Favreau was ordered held without bail Tuesday, charged with first-degree murder in the death of Vicki Campbell-Beer.

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 served 13 years in prison. In 2014, he walked off his job and fled the state. He was found about 48 hours later in Massachusetts and was sentenced to another two years.

Favreau later said he was manipulated by his lawyers and that his confession was coerced. The first-degree murder charge was re-filed.

Tashia Beer, Campbell-Beer’s husband’s daughter, also served a sentence.

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