Judge rules Barre man charged with murder must remain jailed

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BARRE, Vt. (AP) A judge has ruled the former boyfriend of a woman found dead on a roadside embankment in Vermont must stay held in jail without bail.

The Times Argus reports judge Howard VanBenthuysen said in his decision last month that a reasonable jury could convict 61-year-old Randal Gebo of murder based on the evidence.

Gebo has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and other charges in the death of 59-year-old Cindy Cook. The woman's body was found in July 2017 in Middlesex, and an autopsy later determined she had been strangled.

Gebo was arrested in Illinois a few days after Cook's body was found while driving her car.

Court documents show Cook last contacted friends July 4, and Gebo started using her credit cards the following day.

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