Skowhegan man says shooting tragic accident

Posted May 16, 2009, at 12:24 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — A 50-year-old farmer charged in the shooting death of a South Portland man says the incident was a tragic accident, not murder.

Bruce LaVallee-Davidson of Skowhegan faces a manslaughter charge in the April 18 death of 50-year-old Fred Wilson, at Wilson’s home.

LaVallee-Davidson’s lawyer, Michael Whipple says he’s confident he can establish the shooting was a horrible accident.

The Portland Press Herald says the two men had handled the weapon that killed Wilson and they had been involved in a Russian roulette-like activity.

Deputy Attorney General Bill Stokes doesn’t dispute that the killing was unintended, but it fit the legal definition of manslaughter. He says the gun didn’t go off by itself.