Vt. Man Guilty in Slaying,
Could Get Death Penalty
BURLINGTON, Vt. -- A man accused of abducting a supermarket employee and bludgeoning her to death as she prayed for her life was convicted on federal charges Friday in the first death penalty case in Vermont in nearly 50 years.
The jury will begin hearing evidence next week in the penalty phase of the case and will decide whether Donald Fell, 25, should be executed.
Fell was accused of joining Robert Lee in carjacking Terry King from a Rutland supermarket in 2000, taking her across the state line to New York and killing her. Lee hanged himself in prison in 2001.
The jury took less than two hours to find Fell guilty on all four counts.
* BOSTON -- A judge ordered a new trial for former Harvard University graduate student Alexander Pring-Wilson, 27, convicted of manslaughter for stabbing Michael Colono, 18 -- the latest development in a case that raised long-simmering tensions between Ivy Leaguers and working-class Cambridge. Superior Court Judge Regina Quinlan said a change in Massachusetts law lets juries consider a victim's violent history if it sheds light on a self-defense claim.
* WARRENTON, Mo. -- The mother of 2-year-old quintuplets faces criminal charges after being accused of leaving four of them and their 3-year-old brother home alone for 80 minutes while she took a fifth quint to a doctor's appointment. Christine Moungowoolford, 30, was charged with five counts of endangering the welfare of a child.
* CAMDEN, N.J. -- Three boys who disappeared Wednesday were found dead in the trunk of a car parked near the yard where they were last seen. A neighbor said David Agosto opened the trunk to find his son, Daniel, 6; Jesstin Pagan, 5; and Anibal Cruz, 11, dead inside.
* MARTINEZ, Calif. -- A nanny with four previous drunken-driving convictions was sentenced to 30 years to life in prison for the hit-and-run deaths of two children struck on a sidewalk. Jimena Barreto, 46, knelt and sobbed as she expressed remorse for the deaths of Troy Pack, 10, and his sister, Alana, 7.
* DETROIT -- Janis Ferworn, who pleaded no contest to embezzling at least $700,000 from her church, crippling a reconstruction effort and causing a retired pastor to lose his pension, was sentenced to five to 10 years in prison. Ferworn, 45, said she began stealing money when her family was three months behind on their mortgage and faced foreclosure, but the judge said she spent it on a luxury lifestyle, including a swimming pool and a Hilton Head, S.C., time share.
* BIRMINGHAM -- Eric Rudolph is taking on a new title besides confessed serial bomber and killer: author. A militantly antiabortion Web site published a 5,500-word story written by Rudolph documenting how he scrounged for food while living in the woods of western North Carolina, and more installments are planned. The current tale ends: "Just wait until you hear about the time the cops took me to get some gas for my stolen truck. Maybe next time."
-- From News Services