NEWPORT CITY, Vt. — The trial of a Vermont man accused of killing his ex-wife’s husband is set to begin later this month.

The Caledonian-Record reports the trial of 55-year-old Jeffrey Ray, of Brownington, will start Jan. 23 in Orleans Superior Court. Ray faces a first-degree murder charge in the Memorial Day 2015 killing of Rick Vreeland.

An attorney representing Ray says his client wants to include information about his blood-alcohol level at the time of the shooting. A judge had previously denied a defense request to suppress a confession Ray made to police.

Judge Robert Bent says he hopes the attorneys can find an agreement concerning Ray’s blood-alcohol test results. He has also advised the attorneys to discuss possible plea agreements in the case.

Information from: The Caledonian-Record,

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