News Item: Manhunt continues for Outlaws member for murder of man wearing Hells Angels shirt
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Posted by ace
Tuesday 27 June 2006 - 19:27:20

Christopher Legere, wanted in the murder of a local man, is a member of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club who was arrested in April in Connecticut while guarding the gang's reputed East Coast representative.

Manchester police on Sunday obtained an arrest warrant for Legere, 36, of 16 Long Hill Road, Raymond, on a charge of second-degree murder. They say he is dangerous and believed to be armed.

Legere allegedly shot John Denoncourt, 32, of Manchester, in the chest at 12:52 a.m. Sunday morning outside 3-Cousins Pizza and Lounge, 237 Wilson St.

Earlier in the evening, Denoncourt was with friends but parted ways when he was refused admission to a downtown club because he was wearing a Hells Angels T-shirt. His friends said Denoncourt was not a member of the Hells Angels, the Outlaws' arch-rivals. They were uncertain if he was still wearing the shirt when he was shot.

Lt. Robert Harrison of the Naugatuck, Conn. Police Department said Legere was arrested on April 8 outside the home of Marty Warren, who "claims to be the East Coast representative" of the Outlaws.

He said Legere is a member of a New Hampshire chapter of the Outlaws.

Legere was charged with criminal possession of body armor by a convicted felon. He was wearing a bullet-resistant vest, the type worn by police officers. At the time of his arrest, Legere gave police a Dracut, Mass. address.

"It was a pretty straightforward arrest," Harrison said.

He explained at the time "tensions were high" between the Connecticut chapters of the Hells Angels and the Outlaws. Roger Mariani, 61, the leader of the Connecticut Hells Angels was shot to death on April 2 and another member was injured while they were riding motorcycles on Interstate 95 in West Haven. Harrison said Warren brought in Outlaws members from outside chapters to provide extra protection. Legere, he said, was one of them.

The 3-Cousins lounge is known to be frequented by members of the Outlaws, according to authorities.

Yesterday afternoon, customers inside the lounge said they knew nothing about the shooting and did not know Legere or Denoncourt. The bartender said Legere came into the lounge every once in a while, but said she did not work weekends and knew nothing about the shooting.

Legere has a lengthy criminal record dating back to 1993, according to filings in Manchester District Court and Rockingham County Superior Court.

In Rockingham County Superior Court, Legere was convicted in October 1993 of possessing cocaine and was given a one-year suspended sentence. At that time, his address was in Methuen, Mass.

Three years later, he was charged by Salem Police with being a felon in possession of a dangerous weapon. He eventually pleaded to a misdemeanor charge of carrying a firearm without a license.

In 1999, Salem police arrested him again, this time on two charges of being a felon in possession of a dangerous weapon — a gun and a knife — and being a felon with body armor. He was sentenced to 1½ to three years in prison on those charges.

In Manchester, Legere was arrested on Jan. 20, 2005, and charged with two counts of simple assault. At the time, he listed a Beverly, Mass., address. He was accused of choking and punching Amy Caswell, his girlfriend of one year, while inside Jillian's, a Millyard restaurant and lounge.

Legere was convicted in Manchester District Court on one assault charge and acquitted on the other.

He appealed the conviction to Hillsborough County Superior Court. The charge was dropped on Jan. 26 of this year because, assistant county attorney Lisa A. Drescher wrote in court records, the victim was "uncooperative, witness FTA (failed to appear)."

When he was arrested in Manchester, Legere told a bail commissioner he previously was convicted of being a felon wearing body armor and was twice convicted of being a felon in possession of a dangerous weapon.

He also said he had convictions for selling drugs, sexual assault, assault, criminal trespass and possessing a firearm without a serial number on it.

Legere has a steel rod in his left leg, the result of a June 22, 2005 motorcycle accident, according to court records. He was riding his motorcycle at 2:30 a.m. on Route 101 in Candia when he hit a deer. He shattered his tibia and fibia and had to undergo surgery at Exeter Hospital.

Senior Assistant Attorney General Will Delker yesterday said Legere's current whereabouts are unknown.

Denoncourt was raised in Manchester and was a Central High School graduate. Doris Denoncourt said her only son was a self-employed contractor who did roofing, siding and window installation.

Union Leader

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