[Video] Robert Bell Arraigned in Fatal New Fairfield Shooting

The New Fairfield man, a retiree from a Brookfield business, is charged with first-degree manslaughter in the shooting death of his wife, Svetlana Bell, a Wilton music teacher.

Robert Bell, 63, of New Fairfield, appeared in a white T-shirt and khaki pants for his arraignment Monday on first-degree manslaughter charges, accused of shooting his wife, Svetlana Bell, to death Saturday, Dec. 8.

Police were called to the Bell family's New Fairfield home at about 7 p.m. Saturday, where they found Svetlana Bell on the kitchen floor with gunshot wounds to the chest, according to police. She was pronounced dead at Danbury Hospital.

Svetlana Bell, 47, was a music teacher at Cider Mill School in Wilton and a member of the Danbury Symphony Orchestra.

Robert Bell is retired, according to bail bondsman present at Monday's arraignment, having last worked for 14 years with Beta Squared Lithography, a Brookfield company that manufactures superconductors.

A spokesperson from Beta Squared declined to comment Monday.

He reportedly has a brother and sister in the area, as well.

Bell was represented by Public Defender Mark Johnson before Superior Court Judge John Blawie, who set Bell's bond at $750,000. Bell had no prior criminal record, he has family in the area, and he earned a bachelor's degree, according to Johnson, who asked that bond would be set below $500,000.

Judge Blawie put a protective order against Bell, saying he couldn't call, visit, meet or stalk his daughter, saying he could have no contact with her in any way at home, work or elsewhere. Judge Blawie said Bell could not have any firearms and if he has any, he must turn them over to New Fairfield Police.

The case was was continued to Jan. 7.


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