A central Vermont man who was acquitted of a murder charge in the fatal 2002 shooting of a co-worker outside a pizza restaurant in Waitsfield called police and confessed to the crime last month — but there’s nothing state authorities say they can do about it.

A Washington County jury in 2004 found Isaac Turnbaugh of Randolph not guilty of first-degree murder in the killing of Declan Lyons, 24, of Montpelier as he stirred a pot of sauce outside the American Flatbread Co.

In July, Turnbaugh, now 28, called Randolph police and said he shot Lyons in the head with a rifle and wished to surrender to authorities, according to a sworn law-enforcement account of what happened.

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