Murder verdict opens door for death penalty sentence in Vermont

Murder verdict opens door for death penalty sentence in Vermont

[JURIST] A jury found Donald Fell guilty for murder in federal court Friday allowing the jurors to next determine if he should receive the death penalty, which has not been applied in Vermont for nearly 50 years. In November 2000, Fell and his friend kidnapped Terry King in Vermont and killed her in New York, and because they crossed state lines with King, the case was brought in federal court [JURIST report]. Vermont has no death penalty under state law, but the federal charges for kidnapping with death resulting and carjacking with death resulting allow the jury contemplate a death sentence in the next phase of the trial. The sentencing process is expected to start Tuesday. From Vermont, the Burlington Free Press has more.