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 Wilton's 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.


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