Belmont man indicted on felony charges related to th gun found at Franklin homicide scene 


Monitor staff

Published: 07-06-2023 6:45 PM

A Belmont man has been indicted on charges connected to his possession of a firearm recovered during a homicide investigation in Franklin last month. 

Justin Gebo, 28, is facing three counts of being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm including being in possession of a firearm while indicted, being a felon in possession of a firearm and being a user of illegal drugs while in possession of a firearm, according to U.S. Attorney for New Hampshire Jane Young. 

In the months prior to the homicide, Gebo was believed to be in possession of a short-barreled rifle in January and February that was later recovered from the scene of the fatal shooting on Elkins Street on June 3.

Investigators learned the gun located at the scene of the murders was bought in April 2019 in Hooksett and sold to several different owners before it was purchased by Gebo in January, according to court documents. 

While the firearm, a CZ Scorpion EVO, was recovered from the scene of a double shooting homicide in Franklin, authorities have not confirmed it was the same weapon used. The ongoing investigation will look at the gun’s involvement in the homicides and if the alleged suspect, Jamie Bell, was ever in possession of the firearm. 

Investigators learned that Gebo and Bell had known each other for the last 20 years and that Gebo admitted to using illegal substances, specifically methamphetamine, following the homicides.

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On June 3, police were called to the Elkins Street home, which was shared by Bell, Nicole Hughes and her two daughters, aged 18 months and five years, for reports of a shooting. Officials said Bell, 42, shot and killed Hughes, 35, and their toddler, Ariella Bell. He also wounded Hughes’ five-year-old daughter, who survived and was released from the hospital the following day. 

Bell was found dead on the banks of the Merrimack River following a six-hour manhunt. According to the autopsy, Bell died of a single, self-inflicted wound and his cause of death was ruled a suicide.