Suspect in O'Hagan killing in court on other case - WCAX.COM Local Vermont News, Weather and Sports-

Suspect in O'Hagan killing in court on other case

Posted: Updated:
Richard Fletcher Richard Fletcher

One of the three men suspected in the murder of Northeast Kingdom grandmother Pat O'Hagan was in court Wednesday to be sentenced on child pornography charges.

The prosecution calls Richard Fletcher a predator, accusing him of producing child pornography from a 12-year-old girl in Utah. They say he met the young girl on a social media site, and enticed her into sending him explicit pictures of herself. The victim flew in from Utah to testify. She said Fletcher told her he loved her and would kill himself if she didn't send pornographic pictures.

Although he was in court for the child porn charges, the majority of the heated court session was focused on the murder of Pat O'Hagan. The judge ruled that evidence of the O'Hagan homicide can be factored into Fletchers' sentencing. And this unusual murder trial within an unrelated sentencing brought new evidence to federal court. A recorded confession of Michael Norrie states Fletcher was not only involved in the murder, but was responsible for raping O'Hagan after she was shot in the head.

But the defense is now arguing that some of the previous confessions by the suspected murderers show a clear violation of Miranda rights and may not hold up in court.

The child pornography sentencing was adjourned and will be picked up June 11. As for the O'Hagan murder, due to lack of evidence, the defense says homicide charges are unlikely but are not being ruled out.

Related Stories:

Sheffield residents upset no charges in O'Hagan murder

Will suspects in Pat O'Hagan murder ever face charges?

Court documents: 3 suspects in custody in Pat O'Hagan's death

Judge: Sheffield man's comments on Pat O'Hagan's death usable

Police again search home of murder victim Pat O'Hagan

Second cop testifies about confession in Vt. killing

Vt. police publicly acknowledge partial confession in O'Hagan case

Detective: Man was confessing in Pat O'Hagan murder

Police say more than 1 involved in Pat O'Hagan's murder

Unsolved murder leaves void in Sheffield

Police search for evidence near Pat O'Hagan's house

O'Hagan family, Vt. police mark 3 month murder investigation

Students pay tribute to Vt. murder victim

Tears, memories shared at Pat O'Hagan's funeral

Body found in Wheelock ID'd as Pat O'Hagan

Police: Body found in Wheelock is likely O'Hagan

Sheffield residents devastated by discovery

Vigil held for Pat O'Hagan

Grandmother kidnapping case now 1 week old

Community comes together to support Pat O'Hagan

Helicopter scans NEK for clues in grandmother's abduction

NEK clings to hope for abducted grandmother

Police: Missing Vt. woman likely abducted

Police offer few details on NEK search

Police: Potential for foul play in Sheffield case

Missing woman in Sheffield

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WCAX. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.