Date: Fri 06-Dec-1996

Date: Fri 06-Dec-1996

Publication: Bee

Author: ANDYG

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Plea Due From Hunter Charged In Shooting Death

An Oxford hunter who allegedly shot and killed a Bridgeport hunter in Lower

Paugussett State Forest last month will have until December 16 to enter a plea

to two criminal charges lodged against him after a state police investigation

into the incident.

Charges of criminally negligent homicide and first-degree reckless

endangerment are pending against David M. Alechnowicz, 38, of Oxford in

connection with Mr Alechnowicz's allegedly shooting and killing Bridgeport

hunter Scott A. DiBecelle, 28, on November 2 deep in the forest off Great

Quarter Road in Sandy Hook.

Mr Alechnowicz, who was hunting turkey as dusk approached, apparently thought

Mr DiBecelle was a turkey and fired at him with a 12-gauge shotgun, fatally

wounding him in the accidental killing, state police have said. Mr DiBecelle,

who was hunting coyote, was dressed in camouflage and not wearing

high-visibility orange clothing as is required of hunters in the state,

according to state police.

In their investigation, state police determined that Mr Alechnowicz was at

fault for not positively identifying his target as legal game before firing

his weapon at it.

Mr Alechnowicz drank three beers in the hours before the shooting incident,

according to an Associated Press report.

Mr Alechnowicz was arraigned on the two charges Monday in Danbury Superior