BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – A Connecticut man convicted of killing and dismembering his girlfriend has asked for a new trial, citing possible juror misconduct.
A lawyer for Jermaine Richards made the request Tuesday in Bridgeport Superior Court. A hearing is scheduled for Dec. 19.
A jury convicted Richards of murder in September in the killing of 20-year-old Alyssiah Wiley, a student at Eastern Connecticut State University. Two previous trials ended with deadlocked juries.
Wiley's remains were found in Trumbull in 2013 about a month after she was last seen with Richards outside her Willimantic dorm room. Richards lived in Bridgeport just over a mile from where the body was found.
The juror misconduct claims allege a juror posted about the case on social media and the same juror knows people who know Richards.