Vt. attorney general speaks out on dropped high-profile cases

BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) The Vermont attorney general's office says it could take a while for them to review three high-profile insanity defense cases dropped by Chittenden County's top prosecutor last month.

Chittenden County State's Attorney Sarah George says she had to dismiss the cases of Aita Gurung, Veronica Lewis and Louis Fortier because there was not enough evidence to prove sanity.

Gurung and Fortier were all charged with murder. Lewis faced attempted murder charges.

Gov. Phil Scott, R-Vermont, then asked the attorney general to review those cases to see if charges could be brought against the three.

"These cases are a couple of years old, so we're going to take our time, do our due diligence, and do a thorough independent review," said T.J. Donovan, D-Vt. Attorney General. "I don't like to give a timetable because you start reviewing a case and you could have a question that would lead to more questions. But we know that these are important decisions to make, we now that there was quite a bit of controversy about the decision, so we're cognizant of that. But we want to do our job and we want to do it well."

Since her attempted murder case was dismissed by the state, Veronica Lewis was charged with federal gun violations and remains in custody.

Donovan says the federal charges against Lewis will not impact his office's decision about whether to bring charges against her.