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Slain Stamford cabbie’s wife refutes defendant’s testimony

Slain Stamford cabbie’s wife refutes defendant’s testimony

- The Stamford Advocate
It only took a few moments for Razia Shalia to become overwhelmed with emotion Wednesday morning as closing arguments began in her dead husband’s murder trial.
Shalia cried uncontrollably when the prosecution showed pictures of Mahomed Kamal, 47, who was stabbed 127 times in August 2014.
“That was the first time I saw those pictures,” said Shalia, who left the courtroom after the photos were shown and did not return for the more than two hours of closing...

Pattis & Smith Law Firm on Chaz and AJ in the Morning

Pattis & Smith Law Firm on Chaz and AJ in the Morning

Aaron Hernandez’s murder conviction could be tossed

Aaron Hernandez’s murder conviction could be tossed

- Fox 61
Aaron Hernandez's death means his murder conviction is likely to disappear. Under Massachusetts law, defense attorneys can seek to have convictions vacated when a defendant dies before an appeal is heard.
Hernandez was convicted of first-degree murder in the 2013 death of Odin Lloyd.
"I admired his grit and determination and thought he was capable of warmth, a complete human being," said New Haven criminal defense attorney Norm Pattis,...

Report: Former teacher worked years in Connecticut schools after sex abuse allegations

Report: Former teacher worked years in Connecticut schools after sex abuse allegations

- Fox 61
Choate Rosemary Hall released Thursday a 48 page investigation that details decades of sexual misconduct involving former faculty and staff member.
Some of the abuse was never reported and some reported cases were kept secret within its walls.
"A prestigious school. It's probably the best school for children to participate and go to," said Wallingford resident, Natalie Corris.
Choate hired a law firm out of New York to investigate after alumni came forward about their...

Jury selection begins in Stamford cabbie murder trial

Jury selection begins in Stamford cabbie murder trial

- The Stamford Advocate
Jury selection began Tuesday in what could be the longest murder trial at the city’s courthouse in several years.
Judge John Blawie told prospective jurors that the case against Stamford resident Shota Mekoshvili, who is accused of stabbing to death and robbing taxicab driver Mahomed Kamal, could last up to a month. Testimony in the case is scheduled to begin April 26.
Due to the expected length of the trial, it could take until the end of next week to choose the 12 jurors and...

Convicted Killer, Suspect In Slayings Of 4 Other Hartford Women, Could Soon Walk Free

Convicted Killer, Suspect In Slayings Of 4 Other Hartford Women, Could Soon Walk Free

- Hartford Courant
The conviction of Alfred Swinton, found guilty in the notorious 1991 slaying of a Hartford woman found with teeth marks on her breasts and for years the suspect in the slayings of four other city women, is in jeopardy after new DNA testing ruled him out as the source of the bites, court records reveal.
The records also show that a forensic odontologist who testified against Swinton in 2001 has recanted, admitting in a signed affidavit that the science behind his initial opinion was...

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Jury begins deliberations in trial of Middletown dad accused of throwing baby son off bridge

Jury begins deliberations in trial of Middletown dad accused of throwing baby son off bridge

- Fox 61
The jury heard closing arguments Tuesday in the trial of a man charged with killing his 7-month-old son by throwing him off a bridge.
The prosecution and defense made their summations in Middletown Superior Court in the case of Tony Moreno. Jurors are now deliberating Moreno's fate.
Moreno is charged with murder in the July 2015 death of his son, Aaden. During his closing arguments, Middlesex State's Attorney Peter McShane said Moreno threw Aaden off the 90-foot-high...

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