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North Country News
Wed July 3, 2013
U.S. Seeks Juror Interviews in Capital Case Appeal
Federal prosecutors are asking a judge to order defense attorneys appealing the death sentence of a former Rutland man to turn over interviews with some of the jurors who issued the death sentence.
Among the arguments attorneys for Donald Fell are using as part of their effort to block his execution for the 2000 killing of a North Clarendon woman is that there was misconduct by some of the jurors.
Fell's attorneys contend there were three incidents of misconduct from two jurors, including one who visited the crime scene on his own and another who didn't disclose she had been a victim of a crime.
The Rutland Herald reports prosecutors say they're in the dark about the circumstances that led the defense to request authorization to interview the jurors.
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