Sexual assault charge against New Haven man dropped after tearful alleged victim won’t testify

Sexual assault charge against New Haven man dropped after tearful alleged victim won’t testify

NEW HAVEN >> Charges of first-degree sexual assault and two counts of risk of injury to a child were dismissed Thursday and defendant Alex Feliciano left the courtroom smiling after the emotional teenage complainant refused to continue her testimony.

The sudden and surprising collapse of the state’s case occurred within the first hour of the trial. Superior Court Judge Jon M. Alander thanked the eight jurors for being willing to serve and sent them home.

Jury Selection Begins In Hartford Double Homicide Case

Jury Selection Begins In Hartford Double Homicide Case

Prosecutors and defense attorneys have begun picking the jury that will hear the state’s double murder case against Joseph Silva, who is accused of gunning down two people on Cowles Street two years ago.

Silva, 22, rejected a plea offer last year that would have required him to plead guilty to two counts of murder and accept a prison sentence of 58 years.

At trial, he faces two counts of murder, a charge of murder with special circumstances, altering a firearm identification number and illegal discharge of a firearm. If convicted, he faces life, plus 131 years, in prison.

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