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Man faces charges in 1986 Vt. murder

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BENNINGTON, Vt. -

A Manchester golf pro was murdered decades ago; Tuesday, her accused killer was finally in court to face a first-degree murder charge.

Former Vermont gas station clerk David Morrison, 54, faced a judge in Bennington Tuesday. He is charged with first-degree murder in the 1986 slaying of Sarah Hunter. The case went unsolved for decades, until DNA evidence led officials to Morrison in 2012.

Morrison had to be brought to Vermont from California, where he is currently serving a 20-year sentence for kidnapping, assault and the attempted murder of a woman there.

Those who knew Hunter and remember when her body was finally discovered in a cornfield in Pawlet months after her disappearance, say finally having Morrison face a judge is a relief.

"It's certainly a pleasure to be able to see this through to some sort of resolution whereby the individual responsible for her murder is brought to justice," Manchester Police Chief Michael Hall said.

"That somebody took her away. I think that's awful. I hope if this is the individual, I hope he gets all they can give him," said John Ottaviano, the golf course superintendent at the Manchester Country Club.

Prosecutors also asked for a special provision that Morrison no longer be allowed to contact Hunter's sister, Lisa Wyman, who provided the hair sample that led officials to Morrison's car. They say he has been sending letters and bothering the family and they asked that he be required to stop.

Morrison is due back in court in two weeks.

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