Anger, irony and Bucky Nester

The saddest irony from the shoting last May that left 75-year-old Paul Belcher dead is that his apparent accidental death came at the hands of a Floyd County official who once taught firearms safety to area residents.

A grand jury indicted Animal Control Officer Garland D "Bucky" Nester last week on charges of involuntary manslaughter and reckless handling of a firearm after a five-month investigation by Virginia State Police into how and why Nester fired his weapon at a recalcitrant cow. One of the bullets struck 75-year-old Belcher, who was coming to help Nester with the cow that has wandered off the animal control officer's farm.

Nester once served as a hunting safety training officer for the county, teaching others how to safely handle firearms.

I knew about the indictments when they came down last week but had to hold off writing the story for The Floyd Press until Nester could be arrested by State Troopers. My story about the indictments is in today's edition.

Grand juries in Floyd County generaly meet once every three months but the day-long "special session" last week focused mostly on Nester and the findings of State Police investigators.

Nester is scheduled to appear before Circuit Judge Ray W. Grubbs on Nov. 18. Courthouse sources also tell me Belcher's family has hired Montgomery County attorney Kendall Clay for civil action against Nester.

The saddest irony from the shoting last May that left 75-year-old Paul Belcher dead is that his apparent accidental death came at the hands of a Floyd County official who once taught firearms safety to area residents.

A grand jury indicted Animal Control Officer Garland D "Bucky" Nester last week on charges of involuntary manslaughter and reckless handling of a firearm after a five-month investigation by Virginia State Police into how and why Nester fired his weapon at a recalcitrant cow. One of the bullets struck 75-year-old Belcher, who was coming to help Nester with the cow that has wandered off the animal control officer’s farm.

Nester once served as a hunting safety training officer for the county, teaching others how to safely handle firearms.

I knew about the indictments when they came down last week but had to hold off writing the story for The Floyd Press until Nester could be arrested by State Troopers. My story about the indictments is in today’s edition.

Grand juries in Floyd County generaly meet once every three months but the day-long "special session" last week focused mostly on Nester and the findings of State Police investigators.

Nester is scheduled to appear before Circuit Judge Ray W. Grubbs on Nov. 18. Courthouse sources also tell me Belcher’s family has hired Montgomery County attorney Kendall Clay for civil action against Nester.

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7 Responses

  1. Kathy how did you read that and interpret it into stiffer drug testing for law enforcement. I may not be 100% correct but I believe that Animal Control is not part of the Sheriff’s Office. Doesn’t he answer to a board or something?

  2. Who are we to judge this entire situation…how do you know he shot erratically…there were only two people there that know the truth…and I would bet an entires year salary that Mr. Nester is not a “user”…Everytime I’ve had contact with him he has always been nice…was good at his job!!! I’ve lived here for 20 years and have never heard anything negative about him – – unless it was from someone that was abusing their animal…I don’t think that chastising this man on the web is going to help matters any…isn’t someone innocent until proven guilty…your article that is posted here is not true and accurate and you should take it off of here. I do feel for the family and am truly sorry that this ACCIDENT happened but does that mean that another should lose his life…his life is already ruined and he has to live with what he did on a daily basis…lets remember that his children are paying for this also…

  3. There was a witness to the event Marie. Bucky has a hare trigger to his temper and he reacts to it! He has also been on paid leave. This is Floyd County residents tax dollars paying for this.

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