Police, eyewitnesses speak during Rutland murder trial

RUTLAND - At Jonathan Bruno's murder trial in Rutland this week, the jury heard from former Castleton Policeman Aron McNeil. The former police officer told jurors about threats Bruno allegedly made to victim John Baptie. The trial's prosecuting attorney alleges that Bruno murdered Baptie in a parking lot in downtown Rutland Nov. 1, 2007.

Joining McNeil on the stand were also several Rutland City law enforcement officers.

A witness, Christopher Heck, told the jury that Bruno, a friend at the time, told him he planned to kill Baptie. The conversation, which took place on the telephone, occurred just a week prior to Baptie's violent death outside downtown Rutland's Wal-Mart store.

Other eyewitnesses also claimed they saw the fatal blow that severed Baptie's artery.

The trial will continue.

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