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Charges dropped against New York hunter who shot neighbor

HIDDEN, N. Y. – An upstate New York hunter who fatally shot a neighbor who he thought was a deer is no longer facing charges.

According to the Democrat & Chronicle , Chautauqua (shuh-TAH’-kwah) County District Attorney Patrick Swanson, says the manslaughter indictment against Thomas B. Jadlowski is rejected.

County Judge David Foley had a problem with the way the prosecutor instructed the grand jury members during a trial. Swanson says he expects to decide within a week whether to refer the matter to another grand jury.

Rosemary Billquist, a hospital worker and hospice volunteer, was shot Nov. 22 while hiking with her dogs in a field behind her house.

Jadlowski heard Billquist cry out after baking, ran to her, called 911 and administered first aid until the emergency services arrived.

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Info: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, http://www.democratandchronicle.com

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