Hartford man accepts plea deal in fatal December shooting

Zachary Alexander, 26, charged with Dec. 15 murder in Hartford.

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Prosecutors have dropped a murder charge against a Hartford man accused of fatally shooting a man during an alleged drug deal.

The Hartford Courant reports 26-year-old Zachary Alexander pleaded guilty under a plea deal Wednesday to criminal possession of a firearm. He’ll be sentenced to five years in prison on Dec. 7.

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Alexander has been jailed since his January arrest.

Prosecutors said 22-year-old Edison Burge was armed with a BB gun when he and another man tried to rob Alexander after arranging to buy marijuana from him in December. They said Alexander then shot and killed Burge.

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Alexander’s lawyer says he planned to argue self-defense at trial. Prosecutor Anthony Bochicchio told the judge he didn’t believe he could win a murder conviction because self-defense would be a significant issue.


Information from: Hartford Courant, http://www.courant.com

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