Washington County prosecutor on family leave

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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) New details about the missing witness in the Jody Herring sentencing -- Where was Washington County Prosecutor Scott Williams, one of the first people to respond to the murder scene in 2015?

Earlier this week Jody Herring's defense team subpoenaed Williams to testify at sentencing. Williams fought it and Wednesday the judge ruled his testimony was not necessary. Williams was allowed to dodge a court room appearance -- and questions from Herring's lawyer.

Wednesday afternoon the Vermont Department of State's Attorneys and Sheriffs released a statement explaining that Williams is on leave -- allowed under the federal Family Medical Leave Act -- and that he is expected to return to work after clearance from his doctor. For now Williams is still getting paid.

Williams was in the courtroom arguing cases as recently as last week and it is not clear what triggered the sudden medical leave.

A former staffer tells WCAX there has been unusually high turnover in William's office and points to leadership problems.

Vermont Department of State's Attorneys and Sheriffs Executive Director John Campbell did not return phone calls and emails seeking comment about what bearing, if any, Williams unexpected absence will have on his pending cases. State officials say county prosecutors will help out and a senior deputy state's attorney is stepping in to supervise.

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