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Old 06-27-2006, 08:34 AM
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Alert Manhunt continues for Outlaws member for murder of man wearing Hells Angels shirt

LEGERE

Christopher Legere, wanted in the murder of a local man, is a member of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club who was arrested in April in Connecticut while guarding the gang's reputed East Coast representative.

Manchester police on Sunday obtained an arrest warrant for Legere, 36, of 16 Long Hill Road, Raymond, on a charge of second-degree murder. They say he is dangerous and believed to be armed.

Legere allegedly shot John Denoncourt, 32, of Manchester, in the chest at 12:52 a.m. Sunday morning outside 3-Cousins Pizza and Lounge, 237 Wilson St.

Earlier in the evening, Denoncourt was with friends but parted ways when he was refused admission to a downtown club because he was wearing a Hells Angels T-shirt. His friends said Denoncourt was not a member of the Hells Angels, the Outlaws' arch-rivals. They were uncertain if he was still wearing the shirt when he was shot.

Lt. Robert Harrison of the Naugatuck, Conn. Police Department said Legere was arrested on April 8 outside the home of Marty Warren, who "claims to be the East Coast representative" of the Outlaws.

He said Legere is a member of a New Hampshire chapter of the Outlaws.
Legere was charged with criminal possession of body armor by a convicted felon. He was wearing a bullet-resistant vest, the type worn by police officers. At the time of his arrest, Legere gave police a Dracut, Mass. address.

"It was a pretty straightforward arrest," Harrison said.

He explained at the time "tensions were high" between the Connecticut chapters of the Hells Angels and the Outlaws. Roger Mariani, 61, the leader of the Connecticut Hells Angels was shot to death on April 2 and another member was injured while they were riding motorcycles on Interstate 95 in West Haven. Harrison said Warren brought in Outlaws members from outside chapters to provide extra protection. Legere, he said, was one of them.

The 3-Cousins lounge is known to be frequented by members of the Outlaws, according to authorities.

Yesterday afternoon, customers inside the lounge said they knew nothing about the shooting and did not know Legere or Denoncourt. The bartender said Legere came into the lounge every once in a while, but said she did not work weekends and knew nothing about the shooting.

Legere has a lengthy criminal record dating back to 1993, according to filings in Manchester District Court and Rockingham County Superior Court.

In Rockingham County Superior Court, Legere was convicted in October 1993 of possessing cocaine and was given a one-year suspended sentence. At that time, his address was in Methuen, Mass.

Three years later, he was charged by Salem Police with being a felon in possession of a dangerous weapon. He eventually pleaded to a misdemeanor charge of carrying a firearm without a license.

In 1999, Salem police arrested him again, this time on two charges of being a felon in possession of a dangerous weapon — a gun and a knife — and being a felon with body armor. He was sentenced to 1½ to three years in prison on those charges.

In Manchester, Legere was arrested on Jan. 20, 2005, and charged with two counts of simple assault. At the time, he listed a Beverly, Mass., address. He was accused of choking and punching Amy Caswell, his girlfriend of one year, while inside Jillian's, a Millyard restaurant and lounge.

Legere was convicted in Manchester District Court on one assault charge and acquitted on the other.

He appealed the conviction to Hillsborough County Superior Court. The charge was dropped on Jan. 26 of this year because, assistant county attorney Lisa A. Drescher wrote in court records, the victim was "uncooperative, witness FTA (failed to appear)."

When he was arrested in Manchester, Legere told a bail commissioner he previously was convicted of being a felon wearing body armor and was twice convicted of being a felon in possession of a dangerous weapon.
He also said he had convictions for selling drugs, sexual assault, assault, criminal trespass and possessing a firearm without a serial number on it.

Legere has a steel rod in his left leg, the result of a June 22, 2005 motorcycle accident, according to court records. He was riding his motorcycle at 2:30 a.m. on Route 101 in Candia when he hit a deer. He shattered his tibia and fibia and had to undergo surgery at Exeter Hospital.

Senior Assistant Attorney General Will Delker yesterday said Legere's current whereabouts are unknown.

Denoncourt was raised in Manchester and was a Central High School graduate. Doris Denoncourt said her only son was a self-employed contractor who did roofing, siding and window installation.

Anyone with information about the case or Legere's location is asked to call Manchester police at 603-668-8711 or Manchester Crimeline at 603-624-4040.

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Old 06-29-2006, 06:40 AM
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Exclamation Arrest made in murder; victim's friend says hug from gang member's girlfriend trigger

Manchester – Alleged shooter Christopher Legere turned himself into Manchester police last night and was charged with second-degree murder in the death of John Denoncourt, police said.

Legere, 36, contacted Manchester police through attorney Bruce Kenna and turned himself in without incident, police said. He was arraigned this morning at a brief hearing at Manchester District Court. He is being held without bail, pending a July 11 probable cause hearing at district court.



The arrest ends a hunt for Legere that began after Denoncourt was shot Sunday outside 3-Cousins Pizza & Lounge on Wilson Street.

The shooting may have started with a hug from a gang member’s girlfriend, according to a friend and Denoncourt’s mother.

Lucien Prive said Denoncourt was shot outside 3-Cousins Pizza & Lounge because a bartender there gave him a hug. Prive said the bartender is dating Christopher Legere, a member of the Outlaws motorcycle gang and the man accused of shooting Denoncourt dead in the chest.

Denoncourt, 32, was fighting with Legere and two other men inside the bar when the first shots were fired, according to his mother, Doris. Though wounded, he tried to flee to his home on Howe Street, a few blocks from the bar, she said. He made it about halfway, she said.

“He was running for his life to get home and he never made it,” she said.

Legere, of 16 Long Hill Road, Raymond, is a member of the Raymond chapter of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club.

Denoncourt’s body was found a short distance from the 3-Cousins Pizza & Lounge.

Prive said Legere’s girlfriend was tending bar at the Wilson Street bar when Denoncourt walked in early Sunday morning. Earlier in the evening, Denoncourt went out with friends but he parted ways with them when he was refused admission to a club because he was wearing a Hells Angels T-shirt.

The Hells Angels and Outlaws are rival gangs.

Prive said Denoncourt and Legere exchanged heated words after the woman hugged Denoncourt, and a fight broke out. Two other people joined Legere in the fight, Prive said, but Denoncourt got the best of them.

His longtime friend, who he said was like a brother to him, was a small, "tough guy and really strong." Prive said he never knew Denoncourt to carry a knife or gun. His friend was "old school," someone who used his fists, not weapons.

The shooting happened about 1:50 a.m. Sunday. Police received reports of several shots being fired near the bar, and when they arrived, Denoncourt was found dead a short distance from the bar.

A brown splotch still stains the pavement where Denoncourt’s body spilled.

Denoncourt’s mother said she has visited the site again and again.
“I keep coming back,” she said. “I just can’t stay away.”

A small memorial has sprouted on the sidewalk there. At the center is a 2-foot-high wooden crucifix with “Johnny” carved on the vertical plank.

Denoncourt’s friend, Brian Johnson of Hooksett, pieced together the crucifix with wood from his back yard. Denoncourt had been using the wood to build a “four seasons” room for Johnson’s wife.

“That’s my baby boy, I’ll tell you. That kid,” Johnson said, tearing up as he stared at the roadside memorial yesterday.

Other friends have since added bouquets of flowers. Yesterday morning, Denoncourt’s mother put up a photo of her son. Beside his face, she wrote, “John, We love you.”

“This is what I want everyone to see,” she said. “That’s John.”

Senior Assistant Attorney General Jeffery Strelzin, who heads the homicide division, said Denoncourt died from a single gunshot wound to the chest.

He said there were reports of several shots being fired, but the Manchester man was struck only once.

Prive said Denoncourt and Legere knew each other but were not friends.

Denoncourt was a self-employed contractor and did not belong to any motorcycle club, Prive said.

“We have friends who are Hells Angels but he was in no gang at all,” Prive said. Earlier this month, the two had attended the annual motorcycle races in Loudon. Prive said anyone can buy a “support T-shirt” for the Hells Angels at the races.

“He has no affiliation with the Hells Angels whatsoever,” he said.
Denoncourt did have a motorcycle — a Harley-Davidson that Prive bought for him after he built Prive’s automotive repair shop on West Street.

"He loved that motorcycle," Prive said.

The motorcycle was taken as evidence by police and Denoncourt’s family has requested it be returned. Prive said they want to have it for his funeral.

Strelzin said authorities are considering the family’s request.

"Law enforcement makes every effort to accommodate the family and still balance what is required for the case," he said.

He said it is not unusual in a homicide case for a family to request the return of the victim’s personal items. Strelzin explained, however, when an item is taken as evidence by police executing a search warrant, a court must approve its return.

As of early yesterday afternoon, Strelzin said his office had not asked a judge to OK the motorcycle’s return to the family.

Prive said investigators told him they wanted to fingerprint the motorcycle and would try to get it returned to the family before tonight’s funeral service.

Calling hours are today from 4 to 8 p.m. at Bykowski & Young Funeral Home, 285 Manchester St., corner of Beech Street. The Rev. Park Linscomb of the Church of Christ will conduct the funeral at 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

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Old 06-29-2006, 06:46 AM
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Hundreds say goodbye to murder victim



Manchester – Several hundred paid their respects yesterday to John Denoncourt, the 32-year-old Manchester resident shot outside a bar early Sunday morning, allegedly by a member of the Outlaws motorcycle gang.

The gathering drew 300 to 400 people, and about 75 motorcycles, said Kevin Marchand, funeral director at Bykowski & Young Funeral Home.

Most of the mourners congregated in small groups outside the funeral home, speaking in subdued voices and avoiding any jocularity.

A couple dozen men wore black T-shirts with “Gone Not Forgotten” written over the heart area. Several wore Hells Angels insignia; others wore colors of Milford and Co., a New Hampshire club supportive of the Hells Angels.

Organizers shooed away a reporter and said the service was private.
A self-employed contractor, Denoncourt was shot early Sunday morning outside the 3-Cousins Pizza and Lounge at 237 Wilson St. The bar is known to attract members of the Outlaws, a rival motorcycle gang of the Hells Angels.

The alleged shooter, Christopher Legere, 36, of 16 Long Hill Road, Raymond, said nothing yesterday during an arraignment at Manchester District Court. He faces a charge of second-degree murder.



Denoncourt was shot after fighting with Legere and two other men inside the bar, according to his mother and a friend. Denoncourt and Legere were acquainted with each other but not friends, they said.

The two argued that morning because Legere’s girlfriend, the bartender on duty, had hugged Denoncourt, according to his mother, Doris Denoncourt, and a friend, Lucien Prive.

Friends have insisted that Denoncourt, a motorcycle rider, was not a member of the Hells Angels but had friends in the group.

The inside of the funeral home featured flowers and photographs of Denoncourt, Marchand said. His motorcycle, a red Harley-Davidson, was parked outside the front of the funeral home.

Denoncourt’s mother, Doris Denoncourt, was shaken at first but improved through the service, Marchand said.

“She put his ashes on the bike. Things like that helped her,” he said. The service included a poem written by April Prive, the wife of Denoncourt’s friend.

Search and arrest warrant affidavits in the case were sealed by the court at the request of Senior Assistant Attorney General William Delker.

He declined to give any details concerning the shooting other than to say “witnesses did identify Mr. Legere as the shooter in this case.”

Bail cannot be set in District Court on a murder charge.

Defense attorney Bruce E. Kenna said he will be requesting a bail hearing for Legere in Hillsborough County Superior Court. He contacted police Tuesday, at Legere’s request, who police later arrested him at Kenna’s office at 69 Bay St.

Kenna told the judge that published reports of Legere’s criminal record were “largely inaccurate” and said his client has no charges pending against him in Connecticut.

According to records on file in District Court, Legere previously was convicted for selling drugs, sexual assault, assault, criminal trespass, possessing a weapon without a serial number, being a felon wearing body armor, and being a felon in possession of a dangerous weapon.

On April 8, Legere was arrested in Naugatuck, Conn., for criminal possession of body armor. Police said Legere, a member of the Raymond Chapter of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club, was wearing a bullet-resistant vest while standing guard outside the home of the gang’s reputed East Coast representative.

Legere appeared in Waterbury (Conn.) Superior Court on June 6. He was found guilty of a misdemeanor charge of criminal possession of body armor and fined $500, a court spokesman said yesterday.

Denoncourt was a frequent customer of 3-Cousins, a neighborhood bar a few blocks from where he lived on Howe Street, according to Prive.

He had been out with friends earlier in the evening celebrating one couple’s 10th wedding anniversary. He went his own way, however, after being refused entry to a downtown club because of his attire.

Denoncourt was wearing a Hells Angels T-shirt, although his friends say he was not a member of the motorcycle gang and had no affiliation with it.

The Outlaws and the Hells Angels are rival gangs and 3-Cousins is a known hang-out for the Outlaws.

Legere is to return to District Court on July 11 for a probable cause hearing.

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Most charges dropped against two men arrested after biker shootings

ENFIELD, Conn. --State prosecutors have decided to not pursue most of the charges against two men who police initially believed may have been trying to retaliate for the shootings of two Hells Angels gang members last April.

The shooting killed Roger Mariani of Stratford, a leader in the Connecticut chapter of the group, and injured Paul Carrol of Bridgeport. They were riding their motorcycles with other Hells Angels members when someone opened fire at them on Interstate 95 in West Haven.

Six hours after the shootings, Enfield police arrested Trevor Delaware, 35, of Andover, and Jeffrey Richard, 39, of Ashford. Police said the two men appeared to be Hells Angels members and may have been looking for revenge against members of the Outlaw Motorcycle Club.

Delaware and Richard were picked up driving a car with plates stolen from East Haven, police said. Inside police found gloves and masks, a softball bat, a bent golf club, a wooden club, a ball-peen hammer and a loaded handgun licensed to Richard.

Police also said they found part of a police gang training manual that identified 10 Outlaws.

Delaware pleaded guilty in Enfield Superior Court on Wednesday to possession of less than 4 ounces of marijuana. He received a one-year suspended jail sentence, meaning no time behind bars if he stays out of trouble, and was fined $250.

Prosecutors declined to pursue weapons and stolen license plate charges against Delaware. Similar charges against Richard were also dropped.
Prosecutors believe police acted properly. But Scheinblum added, "I hope I never get stopped because my golf clubs are always in the back of my car."

The shooting incident remains under investigation.

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Murder trial begins in N.H. biker killing

MANCHESTER, N.H. -- An alleged member of the Outlaws motorcycle gang is set for trial on charges of shooting and killing a man wearing a Hells Angels shirt.

Christopher Legere, 37, of Raymond, is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death last June of John Denoncourt, 32.

Jury selection was set for Friday, with a viewing of the crime scene in the afternoon. Opening arguments are scheduled for Monday.

Prosecutors say Denoncourt tried to enter Three Cousins Pizza and Lounge wearing the shirt, and was challenged by Legere, whose girlfriend worked as a bartender there.

Authorities say the lounge was an Outlaws hangout and that Legere, head of security for the local Outlaws club, told Denoncourt to remove his Hells Angels support shirt before entering or turn it inside out.

The men got into an argument, and Legere followed Denoncourt outside and shot him in the chest, according to prosecutors. Denoncourt's body was found about two blocks away.

Legere's lawyer has said the two men were acquainted and that his client knew Denoncourt was not affiliated with the Hells Angels. Lawyer Bruce Kenna also says the shooting had nothing to do with gang rivalry and there are no witnesses.

A purported witness, Mark McManus, was murdered in August. A boy dating the daughter of McManus' girlfriend is accused in that killing.

Prosecutors say Legere's Raymond home was the clubhouse for the Outlaws' southern New Hampshire chapter and that he has an extensive criminal record.

He was recently convicted of being a felon in possession of body armor in Connecticut, where he was providing security for the Outlaws' East Coast representative last April, after the head of the Connecticut Hells Angels was shot and killed.

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State: Witnesses Changing Stories In Biker Murder Case

MANCHESTER, N.H. -- The Manchester murder trial of an alleged motorcycle gang member began with prosecutors warning the jury that witnesses have changed their stories and have become reluctant to testify.


Christopher Legere, 39, an alleged member of the Outlaws gang, is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death last June of John Denoncourt, 32.


Police said Legere shot Denoncourt for trying to enter an Outlaws hangout while wearing a Hells Angels shirt.

A prosecutor found it tough going Monday while questioning Legere's girlfriend Amy Caswell. Caswell was working at the hangout at the time of the shooting, but has said repeatedly she didn't remember details of that night.

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Exclamation State's case rides on biker rivalry at Legere murder trial

State's case rides on biker rivalry at Legere murder trial

MANCHESTER – To hear defense attorney Bruce Kenna tell it, New Hampshire Outlaws Motorcycle Club security chief Christopher "Buster" Legere had no reason to shoot John Denoncourt last June 25 outside the Three Cousins Pizza and Lounge on Wilson Street.

The prosecution in Legere's second-degree murder trial in Hillsborough County Superior Court contends Legere, 37, of Raymond, shot and killed Denoncourt, 32, because Denoncourt planned to enter the Outlaws hangout without removing or turning inside out the Hells Angels sweatshirt he was wearing.

"The defendant did kill John Denoncourt over that shirt," Senior Assistant Attorney General N. Will Delker told the jury.

In his closing argument yesterday, Kenna said the prosecution's discussion of Legere's motorcycle club membership and the deadly rivalry between the Outlaws and Hells Angels was an attempt to inject prejudice into the trial and have the jury find Legere "guilty by association."

"The state is desperately looking for a motive," Kenna said.

Delker said one witness identified Legere as the shooter and said Legere followed Denoncourt down the street from Three Cousins, again firing at him. Delker said a shell casing found 25 feet away from Three Cousins supported Daniel Nadeau's testimony.

Delker dismissed Kenna's effort to paint the witness as an opportunist who traded testimony for a lighter sentence on an unrelated crime, saying much of what Nadeau testified to was corroborated by other witnesses, except for the identification of Legere as the shooter.

Delker said the cases of witness amnesia about the shooter's identity can be attributed to fear or loyalty.

For some, he said, decisions on testimony came down to survival. He said Legere's photo is laminated into the bar at Three Cousins, a reminder not to testify against Legere.

Delker said witnesses told police: "You're going to get me killed," "I'll have to move," and "I'm going to put a bullet in my head if you make me testify."

Delker said Legere's Raymond Outlaws chapter isn't just a small local group. The Raymond chapter is tied into a national organization with a constitution, colors and a violent rivalry with the Hells Angels.

In Legere's world, said Delker, if you don't fear him, you disrespect him and if you disrespect him, you are punished.

Delker said other faulty witness memories result from a friendship so intense that "it would be impressive if they weren't protecting a killer.. . People will lie to protect a killer," he said.

Delker reminded jurors that prosecution witness Al Fox approached the defendant during a break, tried to shake his hand, and said: "I'm just trying to help you."

Because of the snowstorm, Hillsborough County Superior Court Judge Kathleen McGuire sent jurors home following closing arguments, saying deliberations will begin today.

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Man convicted in biker murder trial

MANCHESTER, N.H. --An alleged member of the Outlaws motorcycle gang was convicted Friday of second-degree murder.

Christopher Legere, 37, was accused of shooting John Denoncourt, 32, last June. Police said Legere shot Denoncourt for trying to enter an Outlaws hangout while wearing a Hells Angels sweatshirt.

A jury deliberated for about a day and a half before finding Legere guilty Friday afternoon.

Authorities have said Legere was head of security for the southern New Hampshire Outlaws and that his home in Raymond served as the gang's clubhouse. He also has an extensive criminal record.

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