US judge moves Vermont death penalty trial to February 2017

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BURLINGTON, VT. >> The federal death penalty retrial of a Vermont man charged with killing a Rutland supermarket worker in 2000 is being delayed until February 2017.

In an order filed Tuesday, federal Judge Geoffrey Crawford said it would be too difficult to meet what had been the anticipated Oct. 3 start date for the second death penalty trial of Donald Fell.

Fell was convicted in 2005 and sentenced to death for the abduction and killing of Terry King in New York. A judge ordered a new trial because of juror misconduct.

In his order, Crawford said one of Fell's attorneys will be busy with another case until late summer and he noted it would be too hard to find hotel rooms for potential jurors in Rutland during foliage season.


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