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High court to hear appeal of man convicted of murder

NORWICH — The Connecticut Supreme Court has set a date to hear the appeal of a Haitian immigrant who was convicted of killing a Connecticut woman in 2015.

The Norwich Bulletin reports that attorneys for 44-year-old Jean Jacques will present their case for a new trial before the high court Oct. 17.

Jacques is serving a 60-year sentence for the murder of Casey Chadwick.

Chadwick, 25, was was murdered by Jean Jacques, an illegal Haitian immigrant.

Jaques stabbed Chadwick to death in her Norwich apartment, leaving her lifeless body in a closet. He was sentenced to the maximum of 60 years for her death.

According to the federal government, Jaques should have been deported long before Chadwick’s murder.

Federal authorities had tried deport Jacques three times, according to a report from the Office of the Inspector General, but Haiti officials wouldn’t take him back after he served 17 years behind bars for a 1997 attempted murder conviction.

Jacques killed Chadwick after he was released from prison.

The appeal centers on whether Norwich police needed a warrant to enter Jacques’ apartment five days after his lease expired.

Prosecutors say Jacques was no longer living at the apartment at the time, and he made no attempt to have family members extend the lease.

The man’s attorney says Jacques was entitled to his privacy rights unless he said he was moving out or was evicted.

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