Hearing to start for man accused of killing UVM student

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A hearing is expected to start today on statements made to police by the man charged with killing a University of Vermont student last year.

Attorneys for Brian Rooney have asked a judge to suppress more than 20 statements Rooney made to police before he was charged with killing 21-year-old Michelle Gardner-Quinn of Arlington, Va.

Gardner-Quinn disappeared while walking from downtown Burlington to campus Oct. 7, 2006.

Rooney’s lawyer David Sleigh argues that police used illegal interrogation methods when speaking with him before Gardner-Quinn’s body was found several days after she disappeared.

Prosecutors say Rooney talked to police voluntarily.

The court hearing, scheduled for five days, is expected to be the last before trial.

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