Criminal Justice

No Hearing Yet for Vermont Murder Suspect

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July 5, 2013 — Jasper County staff say they have no extradition hearing scheduled for a man held in the county jail for a Vermont murder. Staff say they’ll set the hearing when events warrant the proceeding to transfer custody of 49-year-old Peter Lavalette to Vermont authorities.

A Tuesday traffic stop by a Jasper County, Indiana sheriff’s deputy for erractic driving has landed the Vermont man in jail on suspicion of murder.

The deputy saw Lavalette of Derby, about 10 miles south of the Canadian border in northwest Vermont, in a parking lot of a closed Family Express convenience store in Demotte. He told Deputy Kevin Lewis he was lost and needed directions. After Lewis gave directions Lavalette drove off erratically, and Lewis pulled him over. When Lavalette’s personal information did not match that of the registered owner of the car Lavalette told Lewis the reason the information didn’t match was because he killed the car’s owner.

Jasper County contacted Vermont State Police, and officers there found the body of 61-year-old George Kouzoujian inside a home in Westfield. Vermont State Police said he had been shot several times in the head.

Reported by Rick Richards


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