Shooting investigation continues - The Manchester Journal

As the community comes to grips with what police have called an accidental shooting, the investigation continues into the Thanksgiving morning death of a young Manchester man. Full Story
Look

Bennington, VT

#1 Nov 30, 2010
Did you see this?

Fatal shooting victim had been shot before

Internet postings indicate a Manchester man killed last week had been shot before. And it appears it was in the company of the same friend now charged in his death.

WCAX News obtained home video that shows Jeff Charbonneau 15 months before he was shot to death last week in Manchester. He's bleeding, telling his friend Nick to check out a wound to his inner thigh. "Nick come here!" Charbonneau shouted in the video from August 2009. "Nick, this ain't a joke, dude!"

One of Charbonneau's friends-- who wanted to stay anonymous-- tells WCAX News Nick Bell filmed that video. It shows the minor injury Charbonneau suffered from a BB gun, and in the background, you can hear a man laughing.

We don't see if Bell shot Charbonneau, but on Bell's Facebook page last year, he joked about what Charbonneau said before getting hurt. He attributed these words to his friend: "Aint no way that bb gun's guna make it through these here Carharts.(sic)" This Facebook page has since come down.

Here is a great video showing this!

http://www.wcax.com/global/video.asp...

The whole story!

http://www.wcax.com/global/story.asp...
John

Hancock, NH

#2 Dec 1, 2010
Look wrote:
Did you see this?
Fatal shooting victim had been shot before
Internet postings indicate a Manchester man killed last week had been shot before. And it appears it was in the company of the same friend now charged in his death.
WCAX News obtained home video that shows Jeff Charbonneau 15 months before he was shot to death last week in Manchester. He's bleeding, telling his friend Nick to check out a wound to his inner thigh. "Nick come here!" Charbonneau shouted in the video from August 2009. "Nick, this ain't a joke, dude!"
One of Charbonneau's friends-- who wanted to stay anonymous-- tells WCAX News Nick Bell filmed that video. It shows the minor injury Charbonneau suffered from a BB gun, and in the background, you can hear a man laughing.
We don't see if Bell shot Charbonneau, but on Bell's Facebook page last year, he joked about what Charbonneau said before getting hurt. He attributed these words to his friend: "Aint no way that bb gun's guna make it through these here Carharts.(sic)" This Facebook page has since come down.
Here is a great video showing this!
http://www.wcax.com/global/video.asp...
The whole story!
http://www.wcax.com/global/story.asp...
Well that changes my opinion of the whole situation. Lock him up and throw away the key...
Happy Thanksgiving

Bennington, VT

#3 Dec 1, 2010
Charge him with murder and maybe he will find that shooting people isn't such a fun thing to do any longer. Marthage cuts him a break by not charging her friend with murder, Daddy gets him a high price lawyer and the state will work as best they can to lessen the seriousness of what actually happened. Whats the lesson learned? Rich connected kids get off while everyone else pays the piper? Same old story isn't it?

If they won't recharge him with murder then tell him to plea to manslaughter then sentence him a fine of the whole $3,000.00 and imprison him for the whole 15 years and tell him thats a lot better than the life in prison sentence he could have received for a conviction for murder.

If he walks or is found guilty and doesn't get sentenced to enough time in prison many questions will likely be asked, answered and things will likely be a lot different at the SA's office in the near future.

Maybe Nick sould have done what Robert Finley did after he shot and killed his father last night! He would have been a lot better off!
former resident

Atlanta, GA

#4 Dec 2, 2010
Are you serious? Jeff, who I knew from a distance, was the exact same type of prankster. Most young people are in Manchester...humorous, energetic and always looking to one up each other. This is a horrible accident for everyone involved. No one suffers more that "Charbs'" family, but Nick will live with this for the rest of his life. And, "Daddy gets him a high-priced lawyer..." Wouldn't you for your own? The Bells are good decent and well-respected people in the community. It was a idiotic thing to do and the results are shattering, but going after him like a rabid dog does not help anyone.
Blink

Bennington, VT

#5 Dec 10, 2010
and it's like it never happened. I love how this type can do something as serious as intentionally plan, shot and kill an unarmed sleeping human being then act like it never happened. Here today, gone tomorrow. Live for today and don't even think about tomorrow because it might never come. If this JOKER doesn't do serious time it will be because of his CONNECTIONS. Hope that doesn't happen.
Well

Bennington, VT

#6 Feb 15, 2011
What is the status?
bout time

Bennington, VT

#7 Mar 15, 2011
Tuesday May 31, 2011 9:00 AM Room D
State vs. Bell, Nicholas D.
1182-11-10 Bncr/Criminal
Final Jury Calendar Call
guest

George, South Africa

#8 Apr 5, 2011
Blink wrote:
and it's like it never happened. I love how this type can do something as serious as intentionally plan, shot and kill an unarmed sleeping human being then act like it never happened. Here today, gone tomorrow. Live for today and don't even think about tomorrow because it might never come. If this JOKER doesn't do serious time it will be because of his CONNECTIONS. Hope that doesn't happen.
Go f*%k youself you inconsiderate prick. i know both of them very well, it was an accident. they used to wake each other up with a bb-gun shot to the chest. they'd been doing it for a year or two. dont act like you know everything. i hope you get punched in the face today cause you deserve a wake u[p call. dont judge anyone or any situation that you dont have all the facts about. yours trusting the fucking press. have they ever told the whole truth. no they speculate to make a good story that will cause drama. f^$k you
Breaking News

Bennington, VT

#9 Apr 5, 2011
Your education, demeanor and lack of anything decent speaks for itself guest.

It was an accident you say?

Nicholas D. Bell willingfully and knowingly picked up a rifle, never checked to see if it was loaded, pointed it at the kill zone of his best friend, pulled the trigger and BANG Jeffrey Charbonneau is DEAD now because of it!

They used to wake each other up with a bb-gun shot to the chest?

They had been doing it for a year or two?

All the more reason that it should have never even happened!

Nicholas D. Bell should have known that it was not a BB gun and that he should have checked it to make sure if it was loaded!

Rule : Never point a gun at anything you don't want to kill!

Rule : Always check to see if a gun is loaded when you first pick it up!

I learned gun safety 50 years ago!

Stupid is, what stupid does!

If anyone needs to be punched in the face it should be Nicholas D. Bell for being stupid!

Nicholas D. Bell's trial and guilty verdict won't come soon enough!

If Nicholas D. Bell and the SA wuss out and come up with a plea deal I hope the judge doesn't accept it!

This case needs to go to trial and the news of it and the outcome needs to be printed all over the world so others can see what happens when STUPID and GUNS mix!

GUNS don't kill people, PEOPLE kill PEOPLE!

Nicholas D. Bell KILLED Jeffrey Charbonneau!

He needs to pay for it!

He will pay for it!
Kathy

Short Hills, NJ

#10 Apr 23, 2011
I hope that you or a member of your family is never in a situation where a tragic accident has occurred and people judge you as harshly as you are judging this family.
This was a tragic accident that neither family will ever recover from. If you had more information you would also see it that way. It is clear that you are speaking from ignorance.
Shame on you.
Breaking News wrote:
Your education, demeanor and lack of anything decent speaks for itself guest.
It was an accident you say?
Nicholas D. Bell willingfully and knowingly picked up a rifle, never checked to see if it was loaded, pointed it at the kill zone of his best friend, pulled the trigger and BANG Jeffrey Charbonneau is DEAD now because of it!
They used to wake each other up with a bb-gun shot to the chest?
They had been doing it for a year or two?
All the more reason that it should have never even happened!
Nicholas D. Bell should have known that it was not a BB gun and that he should have checked it to make sure if it was loaded!
Rule : Never point a gun at anything you don't want to kill!
Rule : Always check to see if a gun is loaded when you first pick it up!
I learned gun safety 50 years ago!
Stupid is, what stupid does!
If anyone needs to be punched in the face it should be Nicholas D. Bell for being stupid!
Nicholas D. Bell's trial and guilty verdict won't come soon enough!
If Nicholas D. Bell and the SA wuss out and come up with a plea deal I hope the judge doesn't accept it!
This case needs to go to trial and the news of it and the outcome needs to be printed all over the world so others can see what happens when STUPID and GUNS mix!
GUNS don't kill people, PEOPLE kill PEOPLE!
Nicholas D. Bell KILLED Jeffrey Charbonneau!
He needs to pay for it!
He will pay for it!
Hunter Safety

Bennington, VT

#11 Apr 23, 2011
A perfect example of ignorance is when you pick up a rifle, don't check to see if it is loaded, point it at the kill zone of a sleeping, defenseless human being, pull the trigger, shoot that sleeping, defenseless human being in the chest and kill him DEAD!

Thats ignorance and of course the fact that you just don't get it you ignoramus!

The first thing they teach you in hunter safety is check to make sure the weapon you are handling is unloaded and safe to handle!

Obviously Bell couldn't care less about safety or anything else the idiot ever did!

Did you happen to see the video of the other time the DEAD man was shot? WHO PULLED THE TRIGGER THAT TIME?

I HOPE BELL ROTS IN JAIL!

NUFF SAID!
Jeff RIP

Bennington, VT

#12 May 19, 2011
http://www.wptz.com/2010/1126/25926117_339X48...

What ever happened to the results of that conditions of release hearing?

Tuesday, May 31
State vs. Bell, Nicholas D.
at 9:00 AM in Room d
1182-11-10 Bncr/Criminal
Final Jury Calendar Call
Atty(s): Matthew Harnett
Erica Marthage

Tuesday, Jun. 14
State vs. Bell, Nicholas D.
at 9:00 AM in Room d
1182-11-10 Bncr/Criminal
Jury Drawing
Atty(s): Matthew Harnett
Erica Marthage

Best part comes next!
Outsider

Quechee, VT

#13 May 27, 2011
Many of us did dumb things when we we're younger. Few of them had such tragic consequences. But for the grace of God, they might have. Young Mr. Bell will have to pay his debt to society. We can only hope someone else will learn from this tragedy as nothing will bring back Jeffrey Charbonneau. And no one will be more aware of that than Mr. Bell, who will live with it for the rest of his life.
RIP Jeffrey Charbonneau. May his family find some peace on this subject themselves. And may Nick Bell find some peace of his own.
Kathy

Bronx, NY

#14 May 27, 2011
To hunter safety...and what about laws that say we should lock up our guns or to never keep a loaded gun. Bell was NOT the one who pulled the trigger in that video. Outsider has it right ... Hunter safety is just a judgmental jerk!
Hunter Safety

Bennington, VT

#15 May 27, 2011
Laws that say we should lock up our guns or to never keep a loaded gun?

There are no such laws in Manchester, Vermont!

IT'S CALLED COMMON SENSE!

Obviously Bell is not the only one who lacks COMMON SENSE!

If you don't have COMMON SENSE, laws dont matter!

There are laws and it is illegal to point a gun at person and shoot them. What good are laws that people like Bell refuse to obey anyways? Not very good I say!

Guns don't shoot people, people shoot people!

The so called adult Mr. Bell will have to pay his debt to society. He should!

The people who shot Charbonneau should ROT IN JAIL and if not may the thought of their actions ROT their tiny brains forever!
Update

Bennington, VT

#16 Jun 1, 2011
SSDD

Tuesday, Jul. 26
State vs. Bell, Nicholas D.
at 9:00 AM in Room d
1182-11-10 Bncr/Criminal
Final Jury Calendar Call
Atty(s): Matthew Harnett
Erica Marthage

Tuesday, Aug. 2
State vs. Bell, Nicholas D.
at 9:00 AM in Room d
1182-11-10 Bncr/Criminal
Jury Drawing
Atty(s): Matthew Harnett
Erica Marthage

Plea deal soon?

Good luck!
Big Bill

Melbourne, FL

#17 Mar 28, 2012
please remove this thoughtless ignorant person who will very likely hurt someone from our society before he kills someone else ... next time it might be my child
Friend of Jeff and Nick

Farmingdale, NY

#19 Jul 17, 2013
I cant believe all of the people that weigh in their two cents that didn't even know Nick or Jeff. I grew up with them. Played soccer, skated, snowboarded, studied, and laughed with them. They were incredible people that would do anything to make you smile. Now, Jeff is dead, may he rest in peace, Nick will suffer indefinitely for his actions, and two amazing souls were lost in the process. All this, and all you dip shits (people like Hunter Safety) are acting like your judgements add any meaning at all to the matter. Hunter Safety...I bet you think Dick Cheney was not wrong for his fuck up right? Stupid fucking inbred POS... Gun Laws are very clear but it takes one person's oversight to change this. You can have all the regulation you want but it comes down to proper care. Have some compassion for those that knew them directly, and more important for their families, and keep your ignorant, bullshit, useless comments to yourselves please. Pray for them both and their families if nothing else. They need it.

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