Slayings took center stage in 2015, after none in 2014

After a lull in 2014 in which no murders took place in Eastern Connecticut, police made arrests this year in several local slayings. On April 12, Alan Nadeau, 31, of Lebanon, told state police he had stabbed to death Christian E. Beloin, a friend of his father, at the Ledge Road home Nadeau and his father shared.

Nadeau told police he killed Beloin, who was asleep on a couch, as a result of having flashbacks about abuse at the hands of his father and Beloin. But psychiatrists who have examined Nadeau say he had a history of delusions that people were tormenting him.

Nadeau s attorneys reported in November that they will pursue an insanity defense at his trial, which has been tentatively scheduled to take place in late January or early February. Casey Chadwick, a 25-year-old Norwich woman, was found stabbed to death June 15 in her apartment on Spaulding Street.

Norwich police quickly arrested Jean Jacques, 40, an undocumented Haitian immigrant who was on parole after serving a 16-year prison sentence for attempted murder.

In that case, Jacques was convicted of shooting Nadia Joseph in the side of her head during a 1996 dispute with her and her boyfriend, Fresnel Eugene, in a Norwich parking lot. Jacques also was accused of killing Eugene but was found not guilty at his 1997 trial. Federal authorities failed to deport Jacques after his release from prison, and at the time of the Chadwick killing he was living in Norwich and working as a cook and dishwasher at an East Lyme restaurant, as well as, according to police, selling drugs.

A probable cause hearing, to see if enough evidence exists to put Jacques on trial for murder, has been scheduled for Jan.


James F. Hodgdon Jr., a 56-year-old security guard at the Millstone Nuclear Power Complex in Waterford, shot his wife at their Norwich home on Sept.

7, police say. Hodgdon told police he shot Dianna Hodgdon, 58, after a day of arguing with her.

Hodgdon said he had gone to his garage to get his shotgun and kill himself, and he accidentally pulled the trigger during a struggle with his wife over the gun. Hodgdon is accused of murder in the case. He is in prison, held on $1 million bail, while awaiting a probable cause hearing to see if enough evidence exists for him to stand trial.

His next court appearance is scheduled for Jan.

15 in New London Superior Court.

Arrest in Wirth killing

On Feb.

4, Norwich police said they solved the December 2011 slaying of 26-year-old Norwich mother Jaclyn Wirth, after an investigation that had lasted more than three years. Lashawn Cecil, 35, who police say was a Norwich drug dealer, is facing charges of murder, burglary and illegal weapons possession.

Page 2 of 6 It was an extremely horrendous murder, Norwich Police Chief Louis Fusaro said on the day of Cecil s arrest. It was taken pretty personally by the officers and detectives of this department.

Asked by reporters if he had anything to say as he was taken out of the police station to be arraigned in court, Cecil replied: Not guilty.

Wirth, the mother of two sons then ages 7 and 2, was killed when, at 1:42 a.m. on Dec.

14, 2011, nine shots were fired through the door of her apartment on East Baltic Street. Seven shots hit her.

She died later that morning at The William W. Backus Hospital in Norwich. Enough evidence was found at a probable cause hearing for Cecil to stand trial for murder.

While awaiting trial, expected to take place sometime in 2016, Cecil is in prison, held on $450,000 bail. Mallove case closed

More than a decade after the May 14, 2004, murder of 56-year-old New Hampshire scientist and writer Eugene Mallove at his boyhood home in Norwich, the three people who helped beat him to death received punishment, ending a long ordeal for Mallove s family.

After being convicted of murder at a trial in October 2014, Mozzelle Brown, 42, formerly of Norwich, was sentenced on Jan.

6 to 58 years in prison. Judge Barbara Jongbloed, who sentenced Brown, called his crime one of the most horrendous acts of violence imaginable.

Murder charges were dropped in May against Candace Foster, who testified against Brown and against her boyfriend, Chad Schaffer, at his murder trial in 2012. In her testimony, Foster admitted that she was forced to join in the beating, and she kept the crime secret until 2009.

Foster was allowed to plead guilty to hindering prosecution and tampering with evidence and was sentenced to five years probation. She spent about four years and 10 months in prison before being released in December 2014 after Brown was found guilty.

Schaffer agreed to a plea bargain before his trial ended. He is serving a 16-year sentence for manslaughter. Married with two children, Mallove was a NorwichFreeAcademy graduate who earned degrees from MIT and Harvard.

A teacher and author, he published Infinite Energy magazine and was the founder of the nonprofit organization New Energy Foundation.

Eugene Mallove was a man of kindness, generosity and knowledge, a statement by Mallove s son, Ethan Mallove, which was read at Foster s sentencing, said. He was a rarity. Far more common are the ignorant monsters of the sort that committed this crime.

Murder trials

David Grant, a former Norwich drug dealer, was sentenced in June to 47 years in prison for shooting into a crowd in June 2012 at the now-closed Mai Thai Restaurant and Bar in Norwich.

Page 3 of 6 At his trial in March and April, Grant was found not guilty of murder, but guilty of manslaughter, for accidentally hitting and killing Donna Richardson, 45, of New London, and wounding Crystal Roderick, now 31, niece of Richardson s fianc .

A lengthy sentence of incarceration is appropriate, said Jongbloed, who sentenced Grant and presided over his trial.

All I can say to you all is I m sorry, and I wish this never happened, Grant said at his sentencing.

In September, Dequan McKethan, 38, was convicted of shooting and killing Darius Bishop, 28, in September 2012 at the Charles L. Long Sports Complex in Bozrah. Bishop was shot once in the head.

Prosecutors successfully linked the murder weapon, a .22-caliber handgun, to McKethan. Norwich police found the gun in McKethan s car after making a routine traffic stop two days after the killing.

McKethan was sentenced Dec.

21 to 56 years in prison. Homicide cases

A Willimantic couple were sentenced Jan.

20 in the death of a 3-year-old girl in 2011. Fredy Chingo-Riz was sent to prison for 29 years. He pleaded guilty to abusing Athena Angeles, the daughter of his girlfriend, for several months in the fall of 2011 before giving her a beating that killed her.

Athena s mother, Rosa Gladis Diaz, was sentenced to six years in prison.

Diaz failed to stop Chingo-Riz s abuse even though she had to have known what he was doing, WindhamState s Attorney Patricia Froehlich said at Diaz s sentencing. Danielson Superior Court Judge Michael Riley, who sentenced both Chingo-Riz and Diaz, said of Chingo-Riz, It s very rare instances where I see pure evil. This is one of those times.

Brian Miller, 36, of Sterling, was sentenced on Dec.

23 to 20 years in prison followed by 10 years of special parole after agreeing to a plea deal Oct.

5, the day jury selection in his murder trial was scheduled to start in Danielson Superior Court.

Miller pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter and first-degree robbery. Miller fatally stabbed 40-year-Marcus Brisbane, of Wethersfield, on May 25, 2013, apparently as a result of a drug deal gone bad. Miller told police that the men were driving in Brisbane s car on Route 14A in Sterling, when Brisbane produced a knife and tried to stab Miller with it.

I then got the knife out of his hand and into my hand, Miller told police, according to the warrant.

After I stabbed him, I kept the knife in my hand and I got out of the vehicle while it was still moving. Two roommates, Wayne Harbold, 50, and Harley Roberge, 40, were killed Jan.

30 at the Tiffany Apartments on South Main Street in Brooklyn. Authorities ruled Roberge shot and killed Harbold, then set the apartment on fire and shot himself.

Page 4 of 6 The fire gutted the three-floor, seven-unit building and displaced 16 people.

Still unsolved is the killing of 29-year-old Nicole Kummer, of Hartford.

Her body was found March 25 stabbed to death in a remote area at the intersection of Pine and Cato Corner roads in Colchester. Police did not say whether they believe Kummer was killed where her body was found or how long it might have been at the site. The case is being investigated by detectives from the state police Eastern District Major Crime Squad.

A report issued in July ruled that the January 1959 death of renowned Norwich artist Ellis Ruley at age 77 was caused by hypothermia, although it might have come after being assaulted or pushed, and that Ruley s son-in-law, Douglas Harris Jr., was strangled before his body was placed upside down in a well on Ruley s Hammond Avenue homestead in November 1948.

The report, based on autopsies conducted on Ruley s and Harris remains in fall 2014, was made by acclaimed forensic pathologist Michael Baden at the request of Ruley s family, who have long suspected both men were victims of foul play. Norwich police said they plan to use Baden s findings in ongoing investigations into the deaths of the men. Doctor arrested

In May, the first of four women accused Dr.

Manoj Saxena of sexually assaulting them while they were his patients at Concentra Urgent Care, a Norwich clinic.

Saxena, 45, of Mansfield, gave the women inappropriate examinations while he was alone with them, they all told police. Saxena is free on bail while awaiting his trial or a plea bargain. His next court date is Feb.

17. In July, Juan Davila, 55, of Griswold, was sentenced to 5 years in prison for accidentally hitting and killing a Groton man while driving drunk in Preston in April 2013. Lakendrick Horn, 28, a sailor at the submarine base, was standing in a parking lot across Route 2A from the Brookside Caf with his friend Arnold Feaster, of Gales Ferry.

Davila, driving home in a pickup truck, also hit and seriously injured Feaster. Davila s blood-alcohol level was 0.145.

I don t think of you as a bad person, Judge Susan Handy, who sentenced Davila, told him. I think of you as a person who made a bad choice.

Keith Corey, who was shot and wounded by state police after a January 2014 high-speed chase that ended on Interstate 395 in Lisbon, was sentenced in March to three years in prison for drunken driving, reckless endangerment and attempting to assault a police officer.

New LondonState s Attorney Michael Regan ruled that Trooper Brian Fahey was justified in shooting Corey in the thigh, because Corey, in a bid to continue the chase, was trying to ram police cruisers that had boxed his car in.

Page 5 of 6 It s fair pointing out, boy, does alcohol make you stupid, Public Defender Peter Scillieri, Corey s attorney, said at his sentencing. Joanne Skok, 65, who has a 30-year record as a con woman, was accused in March of bilking a former Ledyard neighbor out of $1,500.

Skok pulled the scam by phone while on parole in a Rocky Hill nursing home, according to police. She had been released there after being sentenced in August 2013 to 10 years in prison for conning a Montville widow out of her life savings, more than $40,000.

After her arrest, Skok was returned to prison. A 34-year-old Norwich man, David Dejesus, forced his way into a home at gunpoint on Oct.

10 and attacked and robbed the homeowners, a 92-year-old man and 91-year-old woman, police say. Dejesus was arrested Nov.

6. He is in prison, held on $100,000 bail, while awaiting trial or a plea bargain.

David Trudeau, a Scotland volunteer firefighter, was accused in January of sexually assaulting a child over an extended period beginning in 2011. Suspended from the fire department, he is in prison, held on $500,000 bail, while awaiting his trial or a plea bargain.

Shawn Siegrist, a Plainfield father, was arrested in April, accused of abusing his infant daughter. Police said an examination in December 2014 showed the child had a healed broken rib, a cut lip and bruising on her fingers. Siegrist, who denied hurting the girl, is free on $10,000 bail while his case goes through the courts.

Plainfield police arrested Keith Coolidge on Sept.

18, accusing the Moosup man of raping a woman for more than 20 hours Aug.

17 and 18 at several locations in a forest near Snake Meadow Road in Moosup. Coolidge is being held on $500,000 bail. His next court appearance is scheduled for Jan.


Ten months after a December 2014 dog mauling at a Plainfield home that severely injured home health care aide Lynne Denning, dog owner Jenna Allen, and her boyfriend, Corey Beakey, were arrested in September by Plainfield police on misdemeanor reckless endangerment charges. Allen also faces numerous infractions for violating dog regulations. Two Rottweilers believed to have attacked Denning are being held by police while a decision is being made on whether to euthanize them, and three other Rottweilers and a golden retriever have been returned to Allen.

Angel Maldonado, a 19-year-old Danielson man, used a samurai sword to thwart a would-be burglar on Oct.

28, according to police. Police said David Lyons, a 30-year-old homeless man, was later identified as trying to break into Maldonado s residence.

Maldonado said he saw his doorknob being jiggled, so he grabbed the sword from his bedroom. I opened the door and there he was, staring at me on the back porch, he said.

He started to try and push his way in and I slashed him.

Page 6 of 6 A report issued April 8 found that, according to some statistical measures, Norwich police stopped black drivers at higher rates than they stopped whites, and could indicate racial profiling by the department s officers. The report, required by a state law, analyzed roughly 620,000 traffic stops done by the state s 102 law enforcement agencies between October 2013 and October 2014. Norwich was one of 33 local departments and state police troops in which black or Hispanic drivers appeared to be stopped at a higher rate than white drivers were.

The report will continue to be updated.

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