Inmate accused in Bridgeport murder heads to trial

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A man arrested nearly 32 years after the body of a murder victim was found in Bridgeport is about to go on trial.

Leonard Jackson, a 53-year-old prison inmate serving time on a drug conviction, was charged with murder in 2012 in the death of Estella “Stella” Brantley. Her body was found on Oct. 30, 1980.

Police say she was one of six prostitutes killed in the city between June 1977 and December 1984.

The Connecticut Post reports that police said Jackson and a friend were using drugs with a prostitute when the woman overdosed and died. Jackson was subsequently arrested for dumping her body.

An affidavit says Jackson couldn’t remember if he strangled Brantley, but that she was lying on the ground when he left Seaside Park.

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Information from: Connecticut Post, http://www.connpost.com

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