Letter: Justice Delayed in Hartford

To the Editor:

I don’t think that any reasonable person expects policework to proceed as it does on TV, as Deputy Hartford Police Chief Brad Vail asserted in the Valley News recent story about the 2012 shooting in White River Junction. However, it is frankly astonishing that an entire year has passed and the Hartford police are still no closer to identifying the shooter and bringing that person to justice.

Although the victim has survived largely unscathed, the seriousness of this crime cannot be downplayed, and it boggles the mind that the weapon believed to have been used in the shooting has still not been tested. The failure to give this case priority makes me seriously doubt both the commitment the Hartford Police Department has to solving this crime and its general competence in handling such matters. As a White River Junction resident, I hope to be proven wrong in the coming months, but given that one year has passed, I feel that it is unlikely that we’ll see any progress.

Benjamin Peberdy

White River Junction


Crime Lab Backup Slows White River Junction Shooting Case; Gun Still Not Tested Year Later

Friday, May 3, 2013

Hartford — More than one year after a man was shot while walking in downtown White River Junction in what police said was a random attack, evidence in the case has not been examined by the Vermont state crime lab. Hartford police say they still hope to make an arrest in the April 2012 shooting of Lucas Dennis-Devries, who sustained …