Trial On Hold For Man Accused Of Rape In Farmington

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Developing NewsHARTFORD – The trial for Jermaine Ross, a New Britain man accused of raping a prostitute in Farmington in 2009, has been delayed after Ross fell and injured himself at the MacDougall-Walker Correction Institution in Suffield.

Ross was injured June 6 and briefly hospitalized at the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington. He is now back in prison, said Aaron Romano, a Bloomfield attorney assisting Ross with his defense.

Ross is representing himself in the trial. Romano was appointed as standby counsel to assist Ross.

Five jurors had been selected for the trial when Ross fell. Judge Julia D. Dewey dismissed the jurors and put the case back on the trial list. It will proceed when Ross is well enough.

Because Ross is representing himself, Dewey wanted to ensure he was healthy before proceeding with the trial, officials said.

At his 2011 trial Ross represented himself and got a hung jury. Five of the six jurors voted to convict Ross, 36, of first-degree sexual assault and first-degree kidnapping, but the sixth held out.

He had sought a delay in the trial so that DNA evidence the state has could be retested. Dewey authorized the testing of the evidence, and money to pay for it, last fall, but Ross failed to follow through. Dewey said she would not delay the trial to wait the testing.

Ross, a native of Jamaica who has been jailed since his arrest Nov. 27, 2009, also faces charges in New Britain. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has placed an immigration detainer on Ross.

Before his arrest, Ross had addresses in New Britain and Bloomfield.

Ross is accused of taking a prostitute from Hartford to an area behind a business along Route 6, then raping her while threatening her with what he said was a gun. His DNA was recovered from the crime scene, his victim identified him as her attacker during his trial, and police matched tire tracks left during the attack to Ross’ vehicle.

By David Owens, Hartford Courant

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