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Jury: Bridgeport man guilty of ECSU student’s murder

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BRIDGEPORT -

A Bridgeport man is guilty of murder for killing his West Haven girlfriend and cutting up her body, a jury found Friday, after less than four hours of deliberations.

It was the third time Jermaine Richards, 34, went on trial for the slaying of 20-year-old Alyssiah Wiley, a sophomore at Eastern Connecticut State University. The previous two juries deadlocked after days of deliberations.

At issue was a lack of physical evidence. Police never found a murder weapon or crime scene, and they don't know how Wiley was killed. But the jury felt the circumstantial evidence outweighed those concerns.

Wiley was last seen alive on surveillance video getting into Richards' car outside her dorm in April 2013. A month later, police found her dismembered body in the woods in Trumbull near his home.

Prosecutors painted Richards as a controlling, jealous and violent boyfriend who killed Wiley for breaking up for him.

"It's done," said Corrinna Martin, Wiley's mother, after the verdict. "We have the outcome that we wanted, that we deserve, that Alyssiah deserves."

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