Trial continues for man accused of dismembering girlfriend

- FILE - Jermaine Richards in court (WTNH)


BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (WTNH) — The trial of Jermaine Richards, the man accused of kidnapping and dismembering his girlfriend of four years, Alyssiah Wiley, continued Tuesday. The 20-year-old ECSU sophomore went missing back in April of 2013.

The prosecution is still building its against Jermaine Richards. His behavior was dissected Tuesday. Attorneys focused on the four days after Wiley disappeared.

Connecticut State Police Detectives took the stand, saying while they searched for her they questioned Richards about the last time he had seen Wiley. Detectives told the court that Richards seemed agitated and impatient while they questioned him in a conference room at Eastern Connecticut State University. Then, Richards quickly stopped answering questions. The defense attorney argued Richards was simply enabling his right to stop talking and left.

At that time, Richards told police the last time he had seen Wiley was when he dropped her off near campus on April 20, 2013. A month after, her body was found dismembered in a wooded area in Trumbull.

“I want to see justice done,” said family friend Kathleen Ceccarelli. “I do find that the fella is clear as heck guilty, and he needs to be punished. He needs to be taken off the streets for quite a long time.”

Both the defendant and victim’s mothers are expected to take the stand in the case. Wiley’s mother has tried to raise awareness for domestic violence.

Wiley was supposed to graduate from college this spring.

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