- Associated Press - Thursday, July 16, 2015

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) - Federal immigration officials say they tried for years to deport a convicted felon before he was charged last month with murdering a 25-year-old Connecticut woman.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials told The Bulletin of Norwich (http://bit.ly/1M6d9jO ) on Wednesday that they had been trying to deport 40-year-old Jean Jacques back to Haiti since 2002, when he was imprisoned for attempted murder.

But officials say they couldn’t send him to Haiti because there were no documents establishing his citizenship there.

Jacques is charged with murdering Casey Chadwick at her Norwich apartment June 15.

The Bulletin reports Jacques was released from prison in January, despite having an immigration detainer in his file.

Federal lawmakers from Connecticut say they want to know why immigration officials didn’t detain Jacques after his release from prison.

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Information from: Norwich Bulletin, http://www.norwichbulletin.com

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