A 31-year-old southern Vermont man is in custody and due to appear in court to answer first-degree murder charges in the stabbing death of an 81-year-old Arlington woman in her home earlier this year.
State police say Timothy Butler, of Sunderland, was arrested without incident Wednesday afternoon at a park in Arlington.
Butler is due to appear in court Thursday where he will answer charges of murder and burglary.
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The body of Helen Jones was found in her home in Jan. 4.
Local Arlington residents had linked Jones' killing to a series of local burglaries. While police confirmed the burglaries, they declined to link those burglaries to the killing of Jones.
Police now say they found evidence of a forced entry into Jones' home.