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    CT - Jaclyn Wirth, 26, murdered in her Norwich home, 14 Dec 2011

    A mother was gunned down in Norwich two years ago, leaving two children behind. Their family is still searching for answers.



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    Yes......very, very close to "home" for me. She was such a pretty lady and so young.

    The assailant blasted bullets through her door.

    I hope there are some updates & that justice will be served.

    Prayers to you and yours, Jaclyn.
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    http://www.courant.com/breaking-news...204-story.html

    Lashawn R. Cecil, 33, of Norwich Avenue was arrested on a warrant Wednesday charging him with murder, felony murder, criminal possession of a firearm and criminal attempt to commit first-degree burglary, police said.

    He was in custody on $2 million bail Wednesday morning and was scheduled to appear in Superior Court in Norwich later in the day.

    Wirth did not have a romantic relationship with Cecil, Lt. Mark Rankowitz said. Whether she knew him at all is part of an ongoing investigation, he said.

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    LE is stating they expect other arrests to be made regarding the horrific murder of JW. Her kids were home & one young son held onto the 911 call pleading for his mom to not pass out! This comes from numerous MSM reports.

    What we haven't heard is what was the motive?
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    http://foxct.com/2015/02/04/norwich-...der-cold-case/

    “He’s been on the radar for awhile,” said Norwich Police Chief Louis Fusaro, “but we needed to develop the information to actually get an arrest warrant and make the arrest.”

    Police say in the early morning hours of December 14th, 2011, Wirth heard a noise outside of her apartment on East Baltic Street. She got up to investigate and that’s when someone shot through the door, striking her seven times....

    Police would not comment on the motive because the investigation is ongoing and they do anticipate more arrests.
    Justice for Jaclyn: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Justi...93480144027923

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    From last month:

    http://www.norwichbulletin.com/artic...news/151209834

    At a pretrial appearance by Cecil on Thursday in New London Superior Court, Assistant State’s Attorney Steven Carney said police think they may have found a magazine from the murder weapon...

    If authorities can link the magazine to Cecil and the killing, it could be the first physical evidence against him. At a probable cause hearing this summer, Carney instead relied mainly on statements made to police by William Collelo, a friend of Cecil.

    Collelo told police in November 2014 and later in January that he drove Cecil and drug dealer Harold Butler to Mohegan Commons Apartments, where Wirth lived, in order to collect a debt from Ezekiel Boyce, the brother of Wirth’s boyfriend.

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    February 2016:

    Accused killer of Jaclyn Wirth rejects plea deal

    http://www.norwichbulletin.com/news/...ects-plea-deal

    Lashawn Cecil, accused of murdering 26-year-old Norwich mother Jaclyn Wirth in December 2011, has rejected a 50-year plea deal offer.

    AssistantState’s Attorney Stephen Carney, who is prosecuting Cecil, made the offer public at Cecil’s appearance Thursday in New London Superior Court.

    If he is found guilty on all charges at a trial, Cecil could face a maximum of 106 years in prison, Judge Hillary Strackbein warned him.

    Cecil, 35, of Taftville, turned down the offer. He is charged with murder, attempt to commit first-degree burglary and criminal possession of a firearm.

    “OK, the matter goes on the trial list,” Strackbein said.
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    Norwich murder trial on hold as new attorney studies case

    http://www.theday.com/article/20160610/NWS04/160619915

    The case of a Norwich man accused of fatally shooting Jaclyn Wirth on Nov. 14, 2011 while trying to collect a drug debt was headed to trial in New London Superior Court this summer, but has been put on hold because the defendant, LaShawn R. Cecil, has a new attorney.

    Cecil initially was represented by attorney William T. Koch Jr., who was preparing the case for trial.

    Koch was disqualified from the case last week after prosecutor Stephen M. Carney notified the court that Koch had a conflict of interest because he previously had represented a man who was going to testify against Cecil at trial.

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    Jury selection begins in trial of man accused of killing Norwich mother

    http://www.norwichbulletin.com/news/...norwich-mother

    Five years ago this week, 26-year-old Norwich mother Jaclyn Wirth was shot and killed. Now the man accused of murdering her is going on trial.

    Lawyers for the prosecution and defense began picking jurors Monday in New London Superior Court for the murder trial of Lashawn Cecil.

    Assistant State's Attorney Stephen Carney and Cecil's attorney, Christopher Duby, are expected to finish choosing 12 jurors and four alternates before the end of the month. The trial is scheduled to start Jan. 17 and end by the first week in February.

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    Trial begins tomorrow.

    Key witness remains a question as Norwich murder case goes to trial

    http://www.theday.com/policefirecour...-goes-to-trial

    Prosecutor Stephen M. Carney read six pages of potential witness names last month when introducing the murder case of LaShawn R. Cecil to prospective jurors, but when the 12-member jury begins deliberations in the coming weeks, the testimony of a single witness with a shaky history could weigh more heavily than others.

    William Colello, a key witness, continues to pose problems for the prosecution. Colello helped police, whose investigation of the murder had stalled, build a case against Cecil when he provided them three sworn statements in November 2014 and January 2015. Colello said he drove Cecil and drug dealer Harold K. "Haas" Butler to Wirth's apartment to collect a drug debt owed to Butler by the brother of Wirth's boyfriend. He said Cecil got out of the car, then returned five or 10 minutes later and said, "Let's get out of here."

    Colello balked as the state prepared to call him to the witness stand in August 2015 during a preliminary court proceeding known as a probable cause hearing. He checked himself into a psychiatric ward at The William W. Backus Hospital, delaying the hearing for several days. Once he was released from the hospital and called to testify, he recanted the statements he had given to police, saying he told police what they wanted to hear after hours of interrogation.

    Judge Hillary B. Strackbein relied on the sworn statements rather than his testimony when deciding the state had enough evidence to try Cecil for murder. But she noted in her decision that the state would face a higher burden of proof when the case went before a jury.

    The prosecution is expected to once again call Colello, who is under subpoena, to testify at the trial.

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    http://www.norwichbulletin.com/news/...arts-wednesday

    A little more than five years after 26-year-old Norwich mother Jaclyn Wirth was shot and killed, a jury will begin hearing evidence against her accused murderer.

    Lashawn Cecil, 36, of Taftville, goes on trial starting Wednesday in New London Superior Court. The trial is expected to last two to three weeks and end by the first week in February.

    On Tuesday, Assistant State's Attorney Stephen Carney and Cecil's attorney, Christopher Duby, questioned potential jurors to try to replace four who were selected in December, but since then have been excused for various reasons. The jury consists of 12 members plus four alternates.


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    911 call played at Wirth murder trial

    http://www.norwichbulletin.com/news/...h-murder-trial

    Norwich mother Jaclyn Wirth called 911 at 1:40 a.m. on Dec. 14, 2011, to report that somebody had fired several shots through her apartment's door.

    A recording of the 911 call was played Thursday on the first day of the murder trial of Lashawn Cecil in New London Superior Court. Cecil, 36, of Taftville, is accused of shooting and killing the 26-year-old mother of two.

    "I just got shot. Please hurry," Wirth told the emergency dispatcher. "I'm about to pass out. Please."

    Wirth reported she got out of bed when she heard a noise. "I went in the hallway. They shot through the door," she said. "Please hurry, please hurry, please."

    Wirth said she was shot "all over my body. I'm pouring out blood. I'm passing out."

    Wirth told the dispatcher that she didn't know who shot her. She said she was alone with her two sons, then ages 7 and 2, in her apartment, part of the Mohegan Commons complex, on East Baltic Street.

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    Jailhouse informant testifies he bought pistol from Cecil

    http://www.norwichbulletin.com/news/...tol-from-cecil

    A jailhouse informant said Lashawn Cecil sold him a pistol hours after authorities claim Cecil shot and killed Norwich mother Jaclyn Wirth in December 2011.

    Luis Burgos, who is serving a nine-year prison sentence for the armed robbery of a West Hartford jewelry store in 2013, testified Friday at Cecil's murder trial in New London Superior Court.

    The next day, Burgos testified, he heard about Wirth's murder. Fearing that police might search his home and find the weapon, which he as someone then on parole was not allowed to own, Burgos said he took the gun to a site on the Thames River where he had gone fishing as a child.
    For five days in late July and early August 2015, state police divers searched the Thames. Trooper Adam Pillsbury testified that he found a rusted magazine belonging to a 9 mm pistol on the river bottom about 60 feet from the river bank.

    Pillsbury and State Police Detective David Lamoureux, who took custody of the magazine, admitted under cross-examination by Cecil's attorney, Christopher Duby, that the magazine could have come from anywhere, including the gun Burgos carried in the West Hartford robbery.

    Cross-examined by Duby, Burgos admitted that he hoped his testimony ends up shortening his prison sentence, although he said Carney promised him only that he would talk to his fellow prosecutor in Hartford, and no specific reduction has been offered.

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    Witness says police forced him to implicate Cecil in Wirth killing

    http://www.norwichbulletin.com/news/...-wirth-killing

    Jeremy Dawson, a former acquaintance of Cecil, took the witness stand at the trial Monday in New London Superior Court to say police used threats and a bribe to force him to implicate the 36-year-old Taftville man in the December 2011 slaying.

    "My statement's been coached by detectives from the Norwich Police Department from day one," Dawson said. "They told me there was a $25,000 reward, and they coached me to a statement."

    In the statement, Dawson says Cecil came to him the day before the killing, asking him if he wanted to help rob Ezekiel Boyce, brother of Michael Boyce, who was Wirth's live-in boyfriend. Dawson said he turned Cecil down.
    The prosecution subpoenaed Dawson to testify at Cecil's trial. When he failed to respond to phone messages or appear in court on Wednesday morning, the day the trial was supposed to start before it got postponed by a day, Judge Barbara Jongbloed, who is presiding over the trial, issued a warrant forcing him to appear as a witness.

    Over the objection of Cecil's attorney, Christopher Duby, Carney played in court a video showing Dawson's two-hour questioning by the detectives in which Dawson gave his statement.

    The video showed no signs Dawson was threatened. He laughed and joked and answered the detectives' questions voluntarily, and no one provided him with any answers. A detective read Dawson's statement to him, and Dawson freely offered a couple of corrections. He then raised his right hand to swear it was accurate and signed it.

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    2nd witness claims police pressure in Lashawn Cecil murder trial

    http://www.norwichbulletin.com/news/...l-murder-trial

    A second witness who told police he had information that Lashawn Cecil had killed Norwich mother Jaclyn Wirth testified on Tuesday that he lied.

    William Collelo, a friend of Cecil, made the claim Tuesday on the witness stand at Cecil's murder trial in New London Superior Court.

    Collelo gave police three sworn statements after being questioned in November 2014 by Norwich police and in January 2015 by state police.

    In the last and most detailed statement, Collelo said he drove Cecil, 35, nicknamed B.I., and drug dealer Harold Butler to Mohegan Commons Apartments where Wirth lived in order to collect a debt from Ezekiel Boyce, the brother of Wirth's boyfriend.

    Collelo told police that Cecil left the parked car to go to Wirth's apartment and returned out of breath. "B.I. said something about shooting a gun," the statement said.

    Collelo denied in the statement ever hearing any shots fired or ever seeing Cecil with a gun.

    On the witness stand Tuesday, Collelo said police pressured him to accuse Cecil by threatening to charge him with the crime.

    "I told them whatever they wanted to hear," Collelo said. "I knew the whole time I had nothing to do with it."

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    Jurors watch video at Cecil trial

    http://www.norwichbulletin.com/news/...at-cecil-trial

    Jurors at Lashawn Cecil's murder trial watched a video recording on Thursday in which Cecil's friend, William Collelo, implicated the Taftville man in the killing of Norwich mother Jaclyn Wirth.

    The video, played Thursday on the trial's fifth day in New London Superior Court, showed Collello being questioned for more than three hours by two detectives from the Southeastern Connecticut Cold Case Task Force.

    The video was shown by the prosecution in an attempt to refute Collelo's claim on the witness stand that police had pressured him into accusing Cecil and that in reality neither of them had anything to do with the crime.

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