"There was a tussle in the back seat between Mr. Dougherty and Abdul Clay," Finnerty read to the court. "Jacob Beane, who had been in the front passenger seat, got out and pulled Mr. Clay out of the vehicle.
Before reading Dougherty his new charges and asking him to enter his pleas, Kupersmith placed Dougherty under oath.
The charge was downgraded from first degree murder to manslaughter, meaning Dougherty is no longer accused of intending to kill Clay. Instead, Kupersmith said, Dougherty pleaded no Puma Shoes For Men Red
"This is obviously a serious case," Kupersmith told Dougherty. "I want you first of all to be focusing on my questions and also on your answers, because since you're under oath, you're required to be truthful."
contest to causing Clay's death by shooting him and acting with "criminal negligence."
Dougherty and two friends, Krystal Tyler and Jacob Beane, bringing them to a location in South Burlington.
Murder suspect changes his plea
"They fought briefly in the parking lot and then Mr. Dougherty got out of the car and fired two shots from a handgun, one of which struck Mr. Clay."
Dougherty is scheduled for a sentencing hearing Dec. 19. The deal calls for a sentence of 13 25 years, defense lawyer Bob Katims said.
Dougherty is being held at the Northeast State Correctional Facility in St. Johnsbury, and will receive credit for time served since his arrest.
"This change of plea comes about really on the brink of the proposed trial," Judge Michael Kupersmith said in court Tuesday.
Dougherty's case was originally set for jury selection next Monday and for trial to begin the following day, but the state and defense came to an agreement Monday.
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As part of a plea bargain, Robert Dougherty, 39, of Winooski pleaded guilty to assaulting and stealing crack cocaine from Abdul Clay in April 2012. In exchange for the plea, the state agreed to drop the original first degree murder charge.
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Since Dougherty pleaded no contest to the new manslaughter charge, he admits the state could prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt at trial, Kupersmith said. However, by pleading guilty and no contest, Dougherty gave up his right to a trial.
Tyler drove the three men to the parking lot outside the City's Edge condominiums behind Shaw's Supermarket off Shelburne Road.
Both Beane and Tyler also resolved their cases:
Finnerty Puma Shoes And Price said the gun was eventually retrieved from Tyler's car.
A South Burlington murder suspect reached a deal with prosecutors less than a week before trial, pleading no contest to a lowered charge of voluntary manslaughter Tuesday in Vermont Superior Court in Burlington.
Tyler, 27, pleaded guilty in August to being an accessory to murder after the fact; a charge of assault and robbery with injury resulting was dismissed.
sentenced to 6 15 years in prison. He is incarcerated at the Northwest State Correctional Facility in St. Albans Town.
Clay went into the building, and after returning was attacked by Beane and Dougherty, who had never planned to pay for the drugs.
Chittenden County Deputy State's Attorney Paul Finnerty then read aloud from the original police affidavit the information that had led to the charges in the plea agreement outlining the night the crime occurred.
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