- Associated Press - Friday, March 6, 2015

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) - A mistrial was declared Friday 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 it was deadlocked 6-6 on the charges against Jermaine Richards.

“The court is declaring a mistrial,” Superior Court Judge John Kavanewsky said in comments reported by the Connecticut Post. “I don’t think any other (instruction) is going to produce a different posture in this.”

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, 32, of Bridgeport, told investigators he had dropped Wiley off near the campus in Willimantic.

Shortly before her death, Wiley had tried to break up with Richards via Facebook and he became upset, police said. Afterward, Richards told a friend that Wiley “doesn’t know who she’s messing with” and that he was “going to get rid of her,” according to the arrest warrant affidavit for Richards.

Defense attorney John Gulash said the outcome was frustrating, but it was clear jurors were conscientious about their work: “As frustrating as it is that they weren’t able to reach a decision, I cannot in any way fault the jurors for their obvious hard work.”

The state is expected to retry the case.

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