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Man condemned in death of Vt. woman seeks new trial

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BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - A federal judge is hearing arguments into whether a man on death row for his role in the 2000 abduction and killing of a Vermont woman should have his conviction overturned because his lawyers say a juror improperly collected information about the case.

In a hearing Tuesday in U.S. District court in Burlington, prosecutors are saying defense attorneys have no grounds to call for a new trial for Donald Fell.

Fell was convicted in 2005 of the car-jacking death of 53-year-old Terry King. She was abducted as she arrived for work at a Rutland supermarket and killed in New York.

Fell claims one of the jurors who sentenced him made an unsanctioned trip to Rutland where he examined locations where the crimes took place and then told other jurors.

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