Second-degree murder charge weighed in Winhall homicide

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The Bennington County State’s attorney is considering more serious charges in this month’s stabbing death in Winhall.

State’s Attorney William Wright says he may increase the charge against Joshua Gould from second-degree murder to first degree or aggravated murder.

Gould is the 26-year-old Rutland man accused of of robbing and slaying Winhall resident Renato Wieser earlier this month.

The murder allegedly took place as Gould and 27-year-old Christopher Kosmalski of East Dorset robbed Wieser after going to Wieser’s home to drink and use cocaine. Kosmalski is charged as an accessory in the killing.

The men were arrested last week in Florida and are awaiting a court hearing there on carjacking and robbery charges.

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