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Lawyer: Plea deal for suspect in grandmother killing doesn't require testimony


ST. JOHNSBURY, Vermont — The attorney for a suspect in the killing of a Vermont grandmother says a plea deal with prosecutors does not require him to testify against another defendant in the case.

Twenty-four-year-old Michael Norrie is due to appear in court next month for a change-of-plea hearing for his role in the 2010 death of Pat O'Hagan, who police say was killed during a robbery of her Sheffield home.

Defense attorney Rob Sussman told the Burlington Free Press and Caledonian Record the deal does not mean his client will be cooperating with prosecutors.

Three men were initially charged in connection with the killing of O'Hagan. Earlier this year 28-year-old Richard Fletcher made a deal requiring him to testify in the murder cases against Norrie and 33-year-old Keith Baird.

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