Plea negotiations underway for Vt. man charged in pipe killing

ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) The attorney for a Vermont man facing a murder charge that he hit another man with a pipe and set his home on fire says the case could be settled with a plea agreement.

The attorney for Allen Draper, 31, made the comments Monday during a status conference ahead of what could be a first-degree murder trial.

Draper has pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree murder and other charges in the May 2018 death of Tim Persons in St. Johnsbury.

The Caledonian Record reports defense attorney Rob Sussman asked the judge Monday to delay a deadline for motions so that a change of plea hearing could be scheduled if they are able to reach an agreement. The judge agreed.

State's Attorney Lisa Warren declined to comment.

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