RUTLAND, Vt. — The federal judge who will be hearing the death penalty retrial of a man charged with killing a Vermont woman in 2000 says the trial could last 16 weeks.
In an order filed Thursday in U.S. District Court, Judge Geoffrey Crawford told attorneys for Donald Fell and prosecutors they should be available for the trial from March to June.
Fell was convicted in federal court in 2005 and sentenced to death for the 2000 killing of Terry King, but his conviction was overturned.
Prosecutors say King was abducted as she arrived for work at a Rutland supermarket and later killed.
Fell’s attorneys have asked Crawford to rule the death penalty unconstitutional, but he has not yet ruled.
Meanwhile, Crawford has been ruling on a number of motions.