3 Men to be Charged in Pat O’Hagan Murder

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ST. JOHNSBURY — Authorities are saying they believe that they now know who killed Pat O’Hagan, the 78 year old Sheffield resident who was abducted from her home in September of 2010.

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State police say Keith Baird, 33, will be charged with first-degree murder, burglary and kidnapping.

Richard Fletcher, 27, will face first-degree murder, kidnapping and burglary charges.

Both men are currently serving prison terms for other offenses.

Michael Norrie has also been implicated in the murder, however, he is serving a 56 month jail sentence outside of Vermont on a federal firearms charge.

Norrie told investigators that the three men had attempted to rob O’Hagan while they were high on crystal meth, and wanted the money to buy more drugs. Authorities believe that they killed O’Hagan that night during the attempted robbery.

Court documents state that all three suspects made partial confessions in the O’Hagan murder. Conflicting stories and a lack of evidence had kept state prosecutors from filing charges against the men until now.

At age 78, O’Hagan went missing from her Sheffield home in 2010. Police investigators concluded that she had been abducted. Two weeks later her body was discovered in a wooded area in Wheelock, about 10 miles from her home.

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