Judge: State can continue prosecution in slaying of Tashauna Jackson

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HARTFORD — A judge has found that there is sufficient evidence to continue prosecuting a 59-year-old man accused of killing a Hartford woman.

The Journal Inquirer of Manchester reports a state medical examiner has not been able to determine the cause of death of 23-year-old Tashauna Jackson, whose body was discovered by family and friends behind a Bloomfield butcher shop buried under brush on Aug. 18. She had been missing for a week.

Robert Graham, also of Hartford, was arrested after police found him hiding in his attic. His attorney previously said the two had a sexual relationship and he was hiding because Jackson’s family had threatened him.

A Hartford Superior Court judge made the decision on Wednesday after a preliminary hearing.