MANCHESTER - David Allen Morrison, 54, is on a long trip back to Vermont to stand trial for his alleged role in the 1986 murder of golf pro Sarah Hunter. He is facing a charge of first degree murder, said Bennington County State's Attorney Erica Marthage.

Before being moved by the U.S. Marshall's, Morrison was serving a 20 years to life sentence for kidnapping, sexually assaulting and attempting to murder a woman in Chula Vista, Calif.

Morrison was living and working in Manchester when Hunter disappeared in September of 1986. He was a suspect in her death since her body was discovered on Nov. 27, 1986 and was questioned twice: In October 1986 and January 1987.

DNA techniques allowed a hair found in a car owned by Morrison had a 99 percent chance of belonging to Hunter, Marthage announced in a press release in 2012.

Marthage said the paperwork was filed for his move from California back to Vermont to stand trial by a district attorney in California in her stead. After the issue worked its way through the courts, the U.S. Marshall moved Morrison starting on May 30.

"The Marshalls used a system of interstate transfer, from one facility to another," she said. "We expect him to be in Vermont early next week."

While awaiting trial, Marthage said, Morrison will be held in Rutland. There is a 180 day window from when he arrives in the state to when he is tried.


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He will be arraigned, but will not have ht option of being released on bail, Marthage said, because he is currently serving a sentence in California.

Marthage said there will be a fairly lengthy discovery period, but that she is ready to go to trial.