Vt. prosecutors drop 1986 murder case

MANCHESTER, Vt. – Vermont prosecutors have dropped the murder case in the 1986 cold case killing of a Bennington County woman.

Two years ago, David Morrison of California apparently implicated himself in the murder of Sarah Hunter of Manchester. At the center of the case was supposed DNA in Morrison’s car that matched Hunter.

However, prosecutors said the case officer “messed up.”

The DNA actually came from Hunter’s case and that’s why it matched her, so the case is being dropped for now. But there is still other physical evidence.

The Bennington County State’s Attorney’s Office issued the following statement to NEWS10 ABC:

“The Bennington County State’s Attorney’s Office is directing that the additional physical evidence be tested by the FBI. The State’s Attorney’s Office will determine whether to refile this case upon receiving those results.”

Morrison is already serving a life prison sentence in a separate murder.

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