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BURLINGTON — A federal judge has ruled a Vermont man’s comments that amounted to a confession in the killing of an elderly Sheffield woman can be used during his upcoming trial on other charges.
Michael Norrie, 22, of Sheffield had asked that the statements he gave to federal investigators be suppressed because he claimed he did not understand his right to remain silent.
Judge Christina Reiss ruled there was no evidence to support Norrie’s request.
Norrie made incriminating statements about the shooting death of Mary “Pat” O’Hagan, 78, during a January 2011 questioning and then stopped talking, authorities said.
“He was confessing to part of the murder, and shortly after, he decided he didn’t want to answer any more questions,” State Police Detective Sgt. Jason Letourneau said at a hearing in November.
No one has been charged in the killing of O’Hagan, who was reported missing on Sept. 11, 2011. Her body was found by hunters three weeks later in a rural area in neighboring Wheelock.
Norrie has pleaded innocent to charges that he was a convicted drug user in possession of a stolen gun in October 2009 and that he possessed and then sold or traded the gun. He is being held pending trial. No trial date has been set.MORE IN Vermont NewsSTARKSBORO — The dozen or so kids who get dropped off at Sentinel Farms some mornings during the... Full Story
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