Police arrest suspect in Morristown homicide, ID victim

Seth Brunell
Seth Brunell(wcax)
Published: Apr. 12, 2022 at 2:35 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 13, 2022 at 7:11 PM EDT
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MORRISTOWN, Vt. (WCAX) - A man is due in court on Wednesday to answer to second-degree murder charges in the death of a Hinesburg resident on Tuesday.

Police say Seth Brunell, 43, is accused of killing Fern Feather, 29, who was found stabbed to death in Morristown on Tuesday.

Police say the two met several days ago and have been spending time together. Officers say they were found in a car together Tuesday around 8 a.m. in the parking lot of the Lamoille North Supervisory Union. Sometime after 10 a.m., they were spotted on Duhamel Road near the intersection of Cadys Falls Road.

According to court paperwork, Brunell told police he was defending himself after Feather made a sexual advance and attacked him. Police say they couldn’t find evidence of an attack.

Brunell, who police described as a transient, was arrested Tuesday and is scheduled for an afternoon arraignment Wednesday in Hyde Park.

*Editor’s Note: The original version of this script contained Feather’s legal name, Zachary Barbeau, which was given to us by Vermont State Police at the time. We have since learned of their transition and changed this story to honor that.

Police are investigating a suspicious death in Morristown and they are questioning a person of...
Police are investigating a suspicious death in Morristown and they are questioning a person of interest.(WCAX)
Police are investigating a suspicious death in Morristown and they are questioning a person of...
Police are investigating a suspicious death in Morristown and they are questioning a person of interest.(WCAX)

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