Bridgeport murder-for-hire case marks state's 1st trial since pandemic's start
King, accused of having her estranged husband killed, is the Connecticut court
system's first defendant to stand trial in more than a year – doing so in a
room filled with large plexiglass partitions reminiscent of a hockey rink.
Bridgeport courtroom has been modified for the age of COVID-19 as a protective
covering on the witness stand microphone is switched out before anyone new
prosecution's case began with Reginald Cathey, who recalled the early morning
hours of July 27, 2019. He was at Newfield Avenue and Revere Street in
Bridgeport when someone opened fire.
John Knapp was one of the first to respond. Knapp found Dathan
"Daedae" Gray, 32, shot several times and described him as being “in
a pool of blood” while a bystander attempted CPR.
was King's estranged husband. Police say she hired a relative to kill him. On
the stand Tuesday, detectives went through the evidence collected at the scene.
of spent casings, bullet fragments, spent bullets – there were two damaged
vehicles and we also had the blood,” said Bridgeport Detective Juan
is facing a three-judge panel rather than a jury of her peers. Jury trials
aren't set to resume until June. This allows King to have her day in court
been in custody since her arrest in September of 2019.
12 was told that Gray and King had a contentious relationship. Police say they
got into an argument just hours before his murder and court documents reference
surveillance footage showing a woman matching King's description in the
charged with conspiracy to commit murder and murder. No one has been charged as
a co-defendant in the case, which continues Wednesday.