Alleged Manchester self-shooter held without bailFebruary 02,2013BENNINGTON — A man who allegedly shot himself with a .22-caliber handgun Dec. 31 in Manchester was ordered held without bail Friday and he is expected to be charged in connection with the shooting.
Donald J. Ely-Gardner, of Manchester, was arraigned Monday on two felony charges of first-degree aggravated domestic assault, two felony charges of second-degree aggravated domestic assault, which were modified for a previous conviction for violating an abuse prevention order, and a misdemeanor charge for violating the conditions of his release from custody.
The charges were filed after police said a woman had reported to them Monday that Ely-Gardner had broken her ankle in June and her finger Dec. 14.
The night before Ely-Gardner was expected to be arraigned on the assault charges, he reported to police that he had been shot in a “drive-by shooting.” However, after an investigation, police determined he had shot himself in the chest.
On Monday, Bennington County State’s Attorney Erica Marthage said the gun was later recovered from Ely-Gardner’s mother.
Marthage said Friday she has filed a misdemeanor charge of providing false information to the police in connection with the incident.
While arguing that Ely-Gardner should be held without bail, Marthage said he presented a danger because he had a loaded gun in Manchester and demonstrated he was willing to use it.
Ely-Gardner pleaded innocent Monday to the charges. He also has pending felony charges of violating an abuse prevention order.MORE IN This Just InA Vermont State Police trooper from the Rutland barracks is the subject of an ongoing drunken... Full Story
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