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Swansea homicide suspect held without bail

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By Dana Griffin



SWANSEA, MA- 56-year-old Timothy Levesque, now retired after working 20 years as a Norfolk correctional officer, is facing charges after claiming he shot 23-year-old Melissa White in self defense.

Defense Attorney, John Francoeur said, "Mr. Levesque indicated to her that she needed to drop the bar and that's when she said to him, ‘what are you gonna do, shoot me?' and she lunged at Mr. Levesque with a crowbar in hand and that's when the shot happened."

Prosecutors say there was no crowbar and earlier that night White and two men went to Levesque's house to confront his son over an on-going feud. When they left, Levesque reportedly followed them in his truck.

Bristol County D.A. Prosecutor, Dennis Collins said, "He cut off their vehicle at the stop sign. He was at the stop sign at the time. He exited his vehicle, went up to the driver of the vehicle- Mr. King- had angry words with him, tried to warn him not to come into his neighborhood. He struck mister King in the face."

White was shot with a 3.80 pistol. She was rushed to the hospital where she died.

Melissa Trottier, the victim's mother said, "I don't know the gentleman. I just know my daughter's in heaven and I love her and miss her and we're going to do everything we can to get you justice."

Both families were in court Monday, but only White's family spoke to media.

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Police responded to reports of a shooting in the area of Ocean Grove Avenue. White was found lying in the street with a gun shot wound to her chest. She was rushed to Rhode Island Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

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