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Mistrial declared as jury deadlocks in case of slain student

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Jermaine Richards was arrested in connection with the death of Alyssiah Wiley. Jermaine Richards was arrested in connection with the death of Alyssiah Wiley.
WILLIMANTIC, CT (AP) -

A mistrial has been declared because of a hung jury in the case of a man accused of killing and dismembering an Eastern Connecticut State University student.

The Bridgeport Superior Court jury was in its fifth day of deliberations when it announced Friday it was deadlocked 6-6 on the charges against 32-year-old Jermaine Richards.

Richards is accused in the April 2013 killing of his girlfriend, 20-year-old Alyssiah Wiley, an Eastern student from West Haven. Her partial remains were found in a wooded area in Trumbull about a month after she was last seen with Richards outside her dorm.

Richards told investigators he had dropped Wiley off near the campus in Willimantic.

The Connecticut Post reports that Judge John Kavanewsky declared a mistrial. The state is expected to retry the case.

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