Above the Law takes a look at high-profile murder cases and how they are handled by federal prosecutors.
Last Friday, the U.S. Justice Department said the man accused of kidnapping, raping and killing his niece five years ago will not face the death penalty. Michael Jacques reached a deal reached with federal officials. He is now expected to plead guilty to murdering 12-year-old Brooke Bennett. Jacques will spend life in jail without parole.
Also last week WCAX learned a federal court is going to hold a hearing on an appeal from convicted killer Donald Fell. Fell was found guilty and sentenced to death for carjacking and killing Terry King of North Clarendon 13 years ago. Fell is currently on death row and is the first person to be sentenced to death in Vermont in 50 years.
Legal expert and Vermont Law School professor Cheryl Hanna puts both of these developments into context.
Monday, December 9 2013 8:51 PM EST2013-12-10 01:51:48 GMT
When it comes to education, teachers say they know what it takes to motivate students, and also what doesn't work -- including standardized testing, cookie cutter curriculums and what NEA President MarthaMore >>
The Vermont NEA unveiled its "Agenda for Student Success" proposal Monday, and it points to a new computer education program at one high school as the type of learning kids need.More >>
Monday, December 9 2013 8:43 PM EST2013-12-10 01:43:09 GMT
"We are trying to create a few new affordable housing units so that people have a chance to move beyond shelter and regain their independence," said Rita Markley, Executive Director of the Committee onMore >>
COTS reaching out to Old North End neighbors in the development of new affordable housing and a daystation.More >>
Monday, December 9 2013 8:32 PM EST2013-12-10 01:32:17 GMT
"It's nothing you ever expect to ever happen to you," said Linda Zeno.Zeno and her husband, Steve, have lived in their South Burlington home for three decades and always felt safe. Until an early morningMore >>
A South Burlington couple came face to face with an intruder lurking in their bedroom, and now they're demanding stiffer sentences for repeat offenders.More >>
Monday, December 9 2013 8:24 PM EST2013-12-10 01:24:58 GMT
An Enfield, New Hampshire man is dead. And a Killington driver has been charged in connection with the death. It happened Saturday night on the Killington Road. Police say 26-year-old Kyle Wilson wentMore >>
A Vermont man admits being behind the wheel during a fatal accident in Killington but denies wrong-doing.More >>
Monday, December 9 2013 8:20 PM EST2013-12-10 01:20:44 GMT
Icy conditions may have contributed to a fatal accident Monday morning in Burlington involving a school bus and a car.It happened on the beltline just south of the intersection of Plattsburgh Avenue. PoliceMore >>
A trip to school turned tragic after a car collided with a bus. The driver of the car died and one of the students saw it happen.More >>
Monday, December 9 2013 7:55 PM EST2013-12-10 00:55:44 GMT
Armed robberies at stores have become so common the Vermont State Police has developed a guide on what to do if your business is being held up. It provides tips on how to be safe and be a good witness.More >>
Armed robberies at stores have become so common the Vermont State Police has developed a guide on what to do if your business is being held up. More >>
Monday, December 9 2013 7:46 PM EST2013-12-10 00:46:42 GMT
Artists are helping Civil war history come alive in St. Albans.Confederates raided St. Albans in October 1864. They swarmed Main Street, robbed banks and terrorized the city. Then the rebels fled toMore >>
Artists are helping Civil war history come alive in St. Albans.More >>
Monday, December 9 2013 7:40 PM EST2013-12-10 00:40:02 GMT
A member of the Channel 3 News family is taking a new job.Kristin Carlson, our Senior Political Reporter and anchor of "The :30," is joining Green Mountain Power as the company's Director of Media.More >>
Kristin Carlson, our Senior Political Reporter and anchor of "The :30," is joining Green Mountain Power as the company's Director of Media.More >>