Hunter who killed a woman walking her dogs pleads not guilty to manslaughter

The hunter who shot and killed a woman he mistook for a deer last week has been arrested and charged with manslaughter.

The New York Daily News reports that Thomas Jadlowski of Sherman, New York, is facing multiple charges in the death of Rosemary  Billquist, 43, who was shot and killed the night before Thanksgiving while she was walking her dogs. As CrimeOnline previously reported, Jadlowski admitted to firing his gun at the woman, believing she was a deer. When he heard a scream he reportedly rushed to her aid and called 911, but Billquist later died of her injuries.

Jadlowski was hunting after dark which is in violation of state law.

“Today, Mr. Jadlowski is being held accountable for his dangerous and reckless conduct when he shot his neighbor in the dark,” Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos said in a statement obtained by the Daily News.

“I commend the work of our ECOs, the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office and Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson in helping to bring this case to fruition, and I hope it serves as an example for all that illegal hunting after sunset and reckless conduct with firearms will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.”

The suspect has been charged with second-degree manslaughter and hunting after hours.

ABC News reports that Jadlowski had pleaded not guilty to the charges.

He faces up to 15 years in prison, and is being held on bail of $50,000 cash or $100,000 property value.


[Feature image: Chautauqua County District Attorney’s Office]