Reports: Wilton Music Teacher Fatally Shot by Husband in New Fairfield

Officials say 63-year-old Robert Bell has been charged in the shooting death of Svetlana Bell, 47, according to the AP. The deceased reportedly taught music at Cider Mill School.


A New Fairfield man faces first-degree manslaughter charges after allegedly shooting his wife at the couple’s home Saturday night, according to police sources cited by the Associated Press.

The deceased, identified by the AP as 47-year-old Svetlana Bell, was a music teacher at Cider Mill School, according to the Wilton Bulletin.

Robert Bell, 63, called police shortly after 7 p.m., according to the AP. Svetlana Bell, unresponsive on the kitchen floor had gunshot wounds in her chest and was pronounced dead at Danbury Hospital, the AP said.

Robert Bell is to be arraigned Monday in state Superior Court in Danbury.

Tax records show a one-story ranch house at 8 Hilltop Drive in Danbury (pictured) has been owned by Robert and Svetlana Bell since December 1998.

According to a cached faculty profile from a private music school in Danbury, Svetlana Bell had been a string instructor at Cider Mill and a member of the Danbury Symphony Orchestra. A teacher for 20 years, she had received her early instruction in music in Russia and had gone on to become a teacher in Connecticut after attending Western Connecticut State University in Danbury and Charter Oak State College in New Britain, the profile says.


EMR December 09, 2012 at 04:45 PM
those poor children at Cider Mill.
Mark Blackburn December 09, 2012 at 05:20 PM
Very sad for all involved
hatfield December 09, 2012 at 10:36 PM
She is shot 4 times in the chest and he's only charged with manslaughter?
Jlo December 10, 2012 at 02:13 AM
I'm guessing there was some sort of self defense component if they chose that charge....that or they just wanted to get him booked and plan to upgrade the charges after further investigation.
Jane Powell December 11, 2012 at 06:36 AM
I'm sure people doubted she was abused "he is such a nice guy" Its always too late because people don't help abused women. They put purple ribbons around trees and then don't believe women or children and the so called professionals don't help them. Thats why it doesn't work to get help no one believes the woman if he is charming and they always are.


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