Involuntary manslaughter charges expected in hunting death
December 8, 2005
St. ALBANS, Vt. --A teenage deer hunter will be charged with
involuntary manslaughter in the death of a St. Albans man who was shot
while sitting on his tractor.
Collin Viens, 18, of Georgia, has been cited to appear in court
Rejean Lussier, 60, was shot Nov. 23 while he was hunting from the
cab of his tractor on his farm.
Investigators said the shot came from about 250 yards away.
Lussier's death marked the third time this year that a hunter shot
and killed another person rather than wildlife. No such fatalities
occurred last year; 2003 and 2004 saw one each.
Chad Lumbra, 23, of Danville died Nov. 13 after he was shot by his
friend and hunting partner Jason Bean, 22, of St. Johnsbury, police
said. The two were hunting in a field in Peacham. Bean faces a
Douglas Bartlett, 50, of Jacksonville, was out picking berries
Sept. 4 when he was fatally shot by a hunter. Police charged Brian
Gilbert, 26, of Charlemont, Mass., with second-degree murder, saying
he left Bartlett wounded and pleading for help.
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