Charges Reinstated Against Chautauqua County Hunter

Rosemary Bilquist died after being shot while walking dogs

Tom Puckett
March 19, 2018 - 11:49 am

Mayville, NY (WBEN) Manslaughter charges against a Chautauqua County hunter have been reinstated after a judge threw them out on a technicality.

A second grand jury handed up manslaughter and hunting after hours charges against Thomas Jadlowski, accused of opening fire that claimed the life of Rosemary Bilquist in November. The charge was initially dropped because a judge ruled the grand jury should have been offered a less severe option than manslaughter.

"Rather than going through the lengthy process of an appeal, we went to a grand jury and the same charges were handed up," says Chautauqua County DA Patrick Swanson. "The case is as if the pause button was hit.'"

Discovery and motions are set for May 21st.

Billquist, a 43-year-old hospital worker, hospice volunteer and marathoner, was killed Thanksgiving eve while walking her two yellow Labradors, Stella and Sugar, behind her home in the town of Sherman about 5:30 p.m., under an already dark early evening sky.

Jadlowski told police he fired a single round from his hunting pistol at what he thought was a deer the length of two football fields away. He heard Billquist cry out, ran to her and called 911. Jadlowski was applying pressure to Billquist's wound when first responders arrived in the field.

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