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Bond denied, murder charge reduced in fatal shooting

By Walter Geiger The man charged with the December 13 shooting death of Jessey Gadzetti appeared before chief magistrate Judge Karen Jackson Thursday afternoon and was denied bond. The murder charge originally lodged against him has been reduced to involvuntary manslaughter. He also faces three other felonies. Fredrick S. Harden tried to hide his face from the camera during the hearing and responded to the judge in a soft voice. Judge Jackson denied bond on the four felony charges which are involuntary manslaughter, theft by receiving stolen property, possession of marijuana and tampering with evidence. The judge noted the involvuntary manslaughter charge arose from reckless conduct that caused the death of another “without intending to do so”. The theft by receiving charge arose from the allegation that the Taurus 9mm pistol that killed Gadzetti was stolen in Thomaston. Harden was allegedly in possession of over four ounces of marijuana at the time of the shooting – thus the marijuana charge. Harden allegedly tried to hide the pistol after Gadzeti was killed which led to the tampering with evidence charge. Judge Jackson noted that Harden was out on bond on charges of selling marijuana and cocaine at the time of the shooting. She also said his criminal history was “a concern to the court”. She also said that Harden would pose the threat of intimidation to witnesses if released on bond.

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