Donald Fell

Fell’s defense wins access to files it hopes will shift blame

A judge found that Fell’s interests outweigh the attorney-client privilege of his former murder co-defendant, whom the defense is seeking to paint as the ringleader.

Judge denies change of venue for Fell trial

The defense said publicity about the case had made it impossible to get a fair trial in Rutland or elsewhere in Vermont. But the judge pointed to a survey showing impartial jurors can be found.

Jury draw set as Fell continues fight on death penalty

The defense wants to appeal a judge’s ruling letting the death penalty stand as constitutional in advance of Donald Fell’s retrial.

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The issue of refugee resettlement divided the small city. Meanwhile, the Rutland Herald ran into financial difficulty, and a judge weighed the constitutionality of the death penalty.

Judge in upcoming Fell trial lets death penalty stand

U.S. District Judge Geoffrey Crawford listed a number of flaws associated with the application of the death penalty but said it wasn’t in his power to overrule the U.S. Supreme Court.

Fell attorneys seek mental health records

Defense attorneys say information about childhood neglect and abuse may serve as mitigating evidence in the trial.

Fell defense: Media have made fair trial unlikely in Vermont

A defense expert said more than 600 articles have been written about Donald Fell, many using words like “brutal” and “horrible.” The government says that doesn’t mean an impartial jury can’t be found.

Fell is denied death penalty exemption for disability

A judge ruled that having fetal alcohol spectrum disorder doesn’t automatically mean a person qualifies for a constitutional ban on executing those with intellectual disability.

Fell’s defense wants case to be tried outside of Rutland County

The defense says that “pre-judgment of Mr. Fell’s guilt is very high” in Rutland. His attorneys want the case tried out of state.

Fell’s defense wants trial moved elsewhere

His lawyers are gathering material to argue that publicity about his case has tainted the pool of potential jurors, which would be drawn from across the state.

Contested fiber evidence to be admitted in Fell trial

The trace evidence has been tied to clothing he and his alleged accomplice wore when a North Clarendon woman was killed in 2000. The defense argued that forensic fiber analysis does not meet scientific standards of reliability.

Medical examiner recants some testimony at alleged killer’s trial

The statement was made during hearings regarding the admissibility of expert witness testimony in the upcoming retrial of Donald Fell.

Lawyer fights to keep Fell co-defendant’s files secret

The defense in Donald Fell’s death penalty retrial wants the files. But a lawyer who represented the late Robert Lee says release of the files could harm Lee’s reputation.

Fell defense seeks release of co-defendant files

Donald Fell’s lawyers argue that the circumstances of this case are exceptional. Fell could be facing the death penalty, and his co-defendant has been dead for 15 years.