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Jury deliberates fate of Bridgeport man accused of killing girlfriend

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BRIDGEPORT -

The fate of a Bridgeport man on trial for a third time in the death of a college student now rests with a jury.

Jermaine Richards is accused of killing his girlfriend, Alyssiah Wiley, in 2013.

Jurors were given the case around 2:15 p.m. Thursday following closing arguments. Richards' previous two trials ended in a deadlock.

Wiley was a 20-year-old sophomore at Eastern Connecticut State University. She was dating Richards, a registered nurse 10 years her senior. Prosecutors painted him as controlling, jealous and violent.

Wiley was last seen in April 2013 getting into Richards' car outside her dorm, and then at his house in Bridgeport that afternoon. About a month later, her body was found in the woods in Trumbull, a mile and a half from Richards' home. The defense admitted that the remains were an emotional piece of evidence.

Prosecutors say they believe Richards killed Wiley because she broke up with him. They brought up testimony from a witness who said Richards told him, "She doesn't know who's she's messing with. I'm a nurse, and I'll get rid of her."

But Richards' defense attorney questioned that witness' credibility and criminal past. Walter Hussey also stressed what the jury didn't hear during the trial.

"They don't have any evidence of blood," he says. "They don't know where the crime scene happened. They don't know how it happened. They don't have a weapon. They have nothing."

Another daughter and granddaughter of Wiley's mother were killed in Waterbury last month in an apparent domestic incident.

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