Fell lawyers say jury member lied
BURLINGTON — The lawyers for a man facing the federal death penalty for killing a Vermont woman are alleging misconduct by a juror in the 2005 trial.
Federal court documents say a Barre man listed as Juror 27 in the trial of Donald Fell answered “no” when asked if he had ever been charged with a crime.
In fact, the lawyers claim, he was convicted of driving under the influence in 1982 and charged with a 1981 assault, though not convicted.
The Burlington Free Press reports the information is contained in a 411-page amended motion asking the federal court in Burlington for a new trial or a reduced sentence.
Federal prosecutors reject the claims.
Fell was convicted of abducting and killing Terry King of North Clarendon in 2000.