VT return ordered for man charged in Hunter murder

MANCHESTER - David Allen Morrison, charged in the 19896 murder of Manchester Country Club golf pro Sarah Hunter has been ordered to return to Vermont by a judge in California. Morrison faces charges of first-degree aggravated murder when he returns to Vermont. Currently, he is serving a 20 years to life sentence in California after pleading guilty for kidnapping, sexually assaulting and murdering a Chula Vista Calif. woman in 1987.

Erica Marthage, Bennington County State's Attorney, said that the state had to file the warrant for Morrison's arrest with the state of Calif. because he is currently incarcerated there. Once the warrant was filed, the state can now bring him to Vermont.

"He is not entitled to a hearing that he is in fact the person the state of Vermont is looking for," she said.

Now, because the hearing found Morrison is in fact the individual Vermont is charging, there is a 30 day appeal period. After this period has passed, Marthage said the state will most likely contract with the U.S. Marshals to bring Morrison to Vermont for the trial.

Hunter disappeared in September if 1986. In The Manchester Journal articles originally covering her disappearance, she was described as hardworking, responsible and a "terrific gal."

Hunter's purse was discovered in October 1986 by two boys in Danby, on the side of the road that connects Pawlet with Danby Four Corners. On Thanksgiving day, approximately five miles away in Pawlet, her body was found on a farm owned by W. Otis Andrus, in some brush near the edge of a cornfield. Confirmation through dental records was needed to make an identification.


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