Two Men Deny Charges in Murder of Mary “Pat” O’Hagan

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ST. JOHNSBURY — Appearing in Vermont Superior Court on Monday afternoon, two of the men charged in the murder of Mary “Pat” O’Hagan pleaded not guilty to charges of first degree murder, kidnapping, and burglary.

The two brothers, Kieth J. Baird, 33, and Richard E. Fletcher, 27, are charged with killing the 78 year old woman in her Sheffield home in September of 2010.

Although bail was set at $500,000, both men will remain behind bars as Baird is awaiting trial for violating court orders, and Fletcher is serving time for another incident.

The third man charged in the case, Michael Norrie, 23, is currently serving time in a federal prison in Pennsylvania, and is due to be arraigned at a later date.

In an affidavit by State Police Sgt. Jason Letourneau which outlined evidence against the three men, it is reported that they had told friends, inmates, and even prison guards as to what happened the night that O’Hagan was killed.

O’Hagan was shot inside her home in what officials are calling a botched home invasion. Bird hunters discovered O’Hagan’s body nearly 10 miles away from her home in Wheelock on October 3, 2010.

In Letourneau’s affidavit, Norrie indicated that the three men had been doing crystal meth the night of the break in.

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