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Vermont Slay Suspect Kills Himself

June 3, 2003

CABOT, Vt. (AP) _ A man wanted in connection with a fatal shooting killed himself Tuesday when police tried to capture him in Michigan, authorities said.

Christopher Morse, 31, had attempted to cross the Canadian border on Sunday after Robert Brown was killed in his Cabot home. But Morse was turned back because he had a shotgun and ammunition, authorities said.

Investigators determined he had relatives in Michigan and contacted their counterparts there. Michigan police found Morse in Holly, about an hour from Detroit, and he shot himself as he was being chased in a car, Vermont State Police said.

Police gave few details on the killing but said drug use may have been a factor.

Brown died of multiple gunshot wounds and ``all information we have is that Christopher Morse killed Bobby Brown,″ said state police Detective Lt. Tim Bombardier.

Bombardier said the shooting was unrelated to a double homicide around the same time a few miles away in neighboring North Danville.

Melvin McFarland, 50, and Karen Holderby, 48, were shot to death at McFarland’s home in North Danville.

Troopers were searching for Henry ``Hank″ Butson, 54, a former boyfriend of Holderby’s and a coworker of both victims, authorities said. Butson’s four daughters issued a statement Monday pleading with their father to turn himself in.

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