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December 13, 2019

UPDATE: Vermont State Police make arrest in Hinesburg homicide

***UPDATE: A mugshot of Kory Lee George is attached to this release.***

 

STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

VERMONT STATE POLICE

 

NEWS RELEASE

       

CASE#: 19A103286

RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Detective Lt. John-Paul Schmidt                           

STATION: Vermont State Police-Williston                   

CONTACT#: 802-878-7111

 

DATE/TIME: 10:40 p.m. Thursday, July 11, 2019

INCIDENT LOCATION: Gilman Road, Hinesburg, VT

VIOLATIONS:

  • First-degree murder
  • Burglary
  • Obstruction of justice

 

VICTIM: David Auclair

AGE: 45

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Williston, Vermont

 

ACCUSED: Kory Lee George

AGE: 31

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Williston, VT

 

SUMMARY OF INCIDENT:

On Friday morning, Dec. 13, 2019, the Vermont State Police arrested Kory Lee George, 31, of Williston on suspicion of first-degree murder, burglary and obstruction of justice connected to the July 11 shooting death of his step-father, David Auclair, in Hinesburg.

 

Through the course of the investigation, detectives learned that George participated in a coordinated effort to kill David Auclair late July 11 at the LaPlatte Headwaters Town Forest trailhead parking lot. Investigators further learned that George burglarized a Colchester residence where the firearm that was used in the killing was stolen; that he provided false information about his whereabouts at the time of the homicide; and that he requested that individuals contact witnesses and instruct them to continue to lie to the police. 

 

George was transported from the Essex County jail in New York, where he was being held on federal firearms charges. He is scheduled to be arraigned at 1 p.m. today on the state charges in the Criminal Division of Vermont Superior Court in Burlington. Members of the media should contact the Court Clerk’s Office to confirm the time of the arraignment.

 

No further information is currently available. The affidavit of probable cause outlining the charges will be filed with the court and made public following arraignment.

 

 

***Update, 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2019***

Following continued investigation, the Vermont State Police on Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 10, 2019, arrested Angela Auclair, 47, of Bristol on suspicion of aiding in the commission of a felony (first-degree murder) and obstruction of justice arising from the July 11, 2019, fatal shooting of David Auclair in Hinesburg.

 

The investigation revealed a pre-planned and coordinated effort to burglarize a Colchester residence where a firearm was stolen and used in the killing of David Auclair just over one day after the burglary. Detectives also learned Angela Auclair instructed at least one witness in the case to lie to the police.

 

Auclair was ordered jailed without bail. She is due for arraignment at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019, in the Criminal Division of Vermont Superior Court in Burlington.

 

The investigation into the homicide is continuing. No further information is available at this time. The affidavit of probable cause outlining the charges will be filed with the court and made public following arraignment.

 

 

***Update, 7:25 p.m. Friday, July 12, 2019***

The Chief Medical Examiner's Office has completed the autopsy of David Auclair. The cause of death has been identified as multiple gunshot wounds, and the manner of death is homicide.

 

 

***Update, 4:25 p.m. Friday, July 12, 2019***

The Vermont State Police is continuing to investigate the suspicious death of a man whose body was found late Thursday, July 11, 2019, at the LaPlatte Headwaters Town Forest trailhead parking lot. The victim has been identified as David Auclair, 45, of Williston. Preliminary investigation indicates he was shot multiple times.

 

The investigation began when the Hinesburg Police Department responded at about 10:40 p.m. Thursday to multiple reports of gunshots in the area of the trailhead. When Hinesburg police arrived, they located a body later identified as that of Mr. Auclair near his vehicle, a gray 2017 GMC pickup truck. Hinesburg police requested assistance from the state police, which responded with members of the Major Crime Unit, Bureau of Criminal Investigations, Crime Scene Search Team and Field Force.

 

Investigators processed the scene on Friday, July 12. Mr. Auclair’s body was transported to the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office in Burlington on Friday afternoon for an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death.

 

Detectives are pursuing multiple avenues of investigation, conducting interviews, reviewing any available video and carrying out searches of the scene and locations connected to Mr. Auclair. Investigators do not believe there is a threat to public safety.

 

The Vermont State Police would like to speak to anyone who may have heard gunshots or seen anything suspicious in the area of the trailhead on Thursday evening, or who may have seen Mr. Auclair or his GMC truck (Vermont registration 290A755). Anyone with information is asked to call the state police Williston Barracks at 802-878-7111. Tips may also be submitted online at https://vsp.vermont.gov/tipsubmit.

 

Further updates will be issued as new information becomes available.

 

 

***Initial news release, 1:25 a.m. Friday, July 12, 2019***

On 07-11-2019, at approximately 2240 hrs, Hinesburg Police Department discovered a deceased individual at a hiking trail head parking lot located on the Gilman Road in Hinesburg.  Hinesburg Police Department requested assistance from the Vermont State Police, who responded to assist with the death investigation.  Due to the lack of lighting, the scene will be secured overnight and the investigation will resume during daylight hours. Gilman Road, in proximity to Honey Hill Road, will be closed to through traffic during the investigation. At this time there are no further details. Updates will be provided when more information is available.

 

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