- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 21, 2014

RUMNEY, N.H. (AP) - A long-smoldering feud between neighbors over the use of a lakeside dock erupted in an alcohol-fueled fight this summer that ended when one man, who said he feared for his life, shot another to death, the state attorney general said Tuesday.

Attorney General Joseph Foster said there is not enough evidence to charge Edward Healey, 61, in the June 29 killing of 48-year-old Dr. David Landseadel on the shore of Stinson Lake.

Healey and his wife, Christine, were lounging on their sailboat at a shared dock on the lake when, according to statements to police, Landseadel confronted them and attacked Edward Healey. Healey, who had been drinking rum-and-Coke and whom police said appeared intoxicated, had a .38-caliber handgun in his cooler bag and shot Landseadel once in the head.

The killing was the culmination of a year’s worth of bad blood between the neighbors and former friends who would watch football together. In summer of 2013, Christine Healey and Landseadel’s wife, Karrie, exchanged vulgarities on the dock after the Landseadels’ loose dogs got the Healeys and some friends wet. Healey says Landseadel attacked him, punching and choking him and since then, disputes arose over the use of the dock.

On June 29, the Landseadels returned from kayaking and went to their house without incident. Later, David Landseadel went back to the dock and, according to statements by the Healeys, stared at them from a landing. He also had been drinking - toxicology tests after his death found his blood alcohol content to be .20 percent - and carried a can of pepper spray.

At one point, and the Healeys’ stories are inconsistent on exactly when and where, a scuffle broke out between the two men and Healey fired one shot.

“First time, he choked me within an inch of my life,” Healey told police.

“I just didn’t want to get beat up again,” he said. “I know it was drastic. I’m sorry, kind of.”

Foster said it appears both men were looking for a confrontation. He said Lanseadel’s assault on Healey fits the definition of “deadly force” and there is some evidence to suggest Healey acted in self-defense. But, Foster wrote, there isn’t enough evidence to conclude Healey was justified.

Landseadel, a chiropractor, had practiced at Plymouth Chiropractic for the past 13 years after leaving his family clinic in Buffalo, New York.

Karrie Landseadel said Tuesday that she’s extremely angry no charges will be brought. She said her husband, a chiropractor, was the “most non-aggressive person” and Healey was a “mean, nasty (expletive) drunk.”

“David is dead,” she said. “And Eddie is getting away with murder by claiming self-defense.”

Landseadel said she got Foster’s report yesterday and criticized it as full of inconsistencies.

As Healey told police the killing would haunt him, according to Foster’s report, he made the shape of a gun with his hand, put it to his head and made a sound, “simulating suicide.”

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