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Suspect in O'Hagan killing in court on other case

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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.

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