NEWPORT CITY, Vt. — A Vermont man accused of killing his ex-wife’s husband will seek a diminished capacity defense at his trial.

Fifty-five-year-old Jeffrey Ray, of Brownington said Tuesday he agreed to the defense after he initially filed a request for a new attorney — previously objecting to the proposed defense. The Caledonian-Record reports Ray is accused of shooting and killing his neighbor and ex-wife’s husband Rick Vreeland on Memorial Day 2015.

Ray is currently being held without bail, and has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder. A judge in Orleans Superior Court recently rejected a motion to suppress a confession by Ray.

A trial is expected to begin at the end of next January.

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