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Three hunting deaths so far in Vermont

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 Monday.

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 manslaughter charge.

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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