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Suspect In Vermont Capital City Killing Appears In Court

Jayveon Caballero
Vermont State Police
Jayveon Caballero

The man charged in the first slaying in Vermont's capital city of Montpelier in nearly a century is being held without bail after pleading not guilty to the second-degree murder charge against him.
Thirty-year-old Jayveon Caballero appeared in Washington County Superior Court for his arraignment  Monday. He was arrested in Deltona, Florida, earlier this month where police say he fled after the Jan. 22 shooting death of Markus Austin.

Police say the shooting followed a fight outside a bar in nearby Barre.

Caballero's uncle, Nelson Morales, Jr., of Barre says Caballero is a "good young man with a good heart" who didn't mean for the shooting to happen.

Police say the killing of Austin was the first in Montpelier, the nation's smallest state capital, since the 1920s, when a woman shot her husband.

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