ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. – Albert W. Barney, the former chief justice of the Vermont Supreme Court, has died.

Barney died Monday at his home in St. Johnsbury. He was 89.

Barney graduated from St. Johnsbury Academy, Yale University and Harvard Law School.

In 1953, as a state court judge, Barney presided over the murder trial of Donald Demag, the last person executed in Vermont.

Barney was appointed to the Vermont Supreme Court in 1959 and became chief justice in 1974. He retired in 1982.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Helen; three daughters, eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Rodney Sayles of the Sayles Funeral Home said a memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday at the North Church in St. Johnsbury.