Trial set to begin Tuesday for immigrant accused in Norwich slaying

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NORWICH — The trial of a Haitian national charged with killing a Connecticut woman shortly after his release from prison is starting this week.

The Norwich Bulletin reports Jean Jacque’s trial is scheduled to begin Tuesday in New London.

Jacques is charged with murder and drug violations in the June 2015 stabbing death of 25-year-old Casey Chadwick of Norwich. Her body was found in a closet in her apartment.

The Bulletin reported in July that federal authorities failed to deport 41-year-old Jacques at least three times since 2002. Jacques spent 17 years behind bars on a 1997 attempted murder conviction.

Jacque’s lawyer has said his client maintains his innocence in Chadwick’s death.

A federal investigation into how Immigration and Customs Enforcement handled the case continues.