Jury selection underway in immigrant’s murder trial

Jean Jacques

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — Jury selection is underway in the trial of a Haitian national charged with killing a Connecticut woman shortly after his release from prison.

Jean Jacques’s trial is scheduled to begin on March 29 in New London. Jacques is charged with murder and drug violations in the June 2015 stabbing death of 25-year-old Casey Chadwick of Norwich. Her body was found in a closet in her apartment.

The Bulletin reported in July that federal authorities failed to deport 41-year-old Jacques at least three times since 2002. Jacques spent 17 years behind bars on a 1997 attempted murder conviction.

The newspaper reported that Jacques through his lawyer on Monday sought a dismissal of the charges.

Federal officials earlier this year announced an investigation into how Immigration and Customs Enforcement handled the case.

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