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Fourth Suspect Held In Rural Shooting Death

A fourth suspect in the death of a man found shot on a Vermont road last fall will remain in custody.
A federal judge in Burlington has ordered 33-year-old John Welch, of North Haverhill, New Hampshire, to continue to be held. Welch pleaded not guilty to a charge of possession of a 9-mm handgun while being an unlawful user and being addicted to a controlled substance.

The Caledonian Record reports that thirty-seven-year-old Michael Pimental was found dead in Concord, Vermont, in October. His death was ruled a homicide. A girlfriend and her father face federal gun and drug charges, and a friend was arrested on a gun charge.

A prosecutor says Welch's case involves the possession of a gun that was used in the killing of Pimental.

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