CSAO: Cold Cases - Arrests and Convictions

Cold Cases - Arrests and Convictions

Noel Madonado - Hector Torres - Arrested

{Noel Maldonado is charged in the slaying of Luis Benitez in Hartford.} {Luis } NOEL MALDONADO and HECTOR TORRES are charged with Murder and Conspiracy to Commit Murder in connection with the slaying of Luis "Berto" Benitez.

The 28-year-old victim was found wounded in the parking lot of a convenience store on New Britain Avenue in Hartford in the early morning hours of December 7, 2009. He died March 14, 2010, from injuries sustained in the attack, and his death was ruled a homicide.

Maldonado and Torres, both residents of Hartford at the time of the slaying, were arrested in January 2014 on warrants issued as a result of a grand jury investigation into organized criminal activity, including homicides, in Hartford.

{Hector Torres is charged in the slaying of Luis Benitez in Hartford.} The investigatory grand jury was conducted by Superior Court Judge Referee John F. Mulcahy, Jr., in conjunction with the Cold Case/Shooting Task Force Bureau of the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney, the Office of the State’s Attorney for the Judicial District of Hartford, the Hartford Shooting Task Force and the Hartford Police Department.

Maldonado, age 25 at the time of his arrest, was taken into custody by the Hartford Shooting Task Force. Torres, age 26 at the time of his arrest, was in the custody of the Department of Correction serving a prison sentence for assault and conspiracy in an unrelated case.

The charges against both defendants are merely accusations and they are presumed innocent unless and until found guilty. The cases are being prosecuted by the Office of the State’s Attorney for the Judicial District of Hartford.


John Vailette - Steven Martone - Indicted {Kathy Hardy died in an arson fire in Branford in March 2006.}

On Tuesday, March 7, 2006, at approximately 8:45 a.m., Kathy Hardy was the victim of an arson murder that occurred at her home in Branford. While the victim was asleep, unknown person(s) set fire to the stairs leading up to the second-floor bedroom, blocking her escape route.

On March 26, 2014, a federal grand jury in New Haven returned an indictment charging JOHN VAILETTE, age 42, also known as “John John” and “Snagglepuss,” and STEVEN MARTONE, age 45, in the arson that caused the death of Ms. Hardy.

Fire Department investigators ultimately determined that the fire was initiated by accelerants located in the first floor living room area and on the staircase leading to the second floor of the dwelling. An autopsy performed on the 39-year-old victim concluded that the cause of death was smoke inhalation, and her death was classified as a homicide.

The indictment is not evidence of guilt. Charges are only allegations, and each defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

The case is being investigated by the Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Branford Police Department and Cold Case Unit in the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney, with the assistance of the Connecticut State Police, Fire and Explosion Investigation Unit, and the Office of the State’s Attorney for the Judicial District of New Haven.


Gerald Brian Tuttle - Arrested

{Gertrude Ochankowski was strangled in East Hampton in 1998.} {Gerald } GERALD BRIAN TUTTLE, age 51, was arrested in December 2013 at his home in Surfside Beach, South Carolina, and charged as a fugitive from justice in the homicide of Gertrude "Trudy" Ochankowski.

The arrest was the result of an investigation conducted by the East Hampton Police Department in conjunction with the Office of the State’s Attorney for the Judicial District of Middlesex and the Cold Case Unit in the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney.

Tuttle was extradited from South Carolina to Connecticut where he is charged with one count of Murder. The charge is merely an accusation and Tuttle is presumed innocent unless and until found guilty.

The case is being prosecuted by the Office of the State's Attorney for the Judicial District of Middlesex.

On Monday, January 12, 1998, East Hampton police responded to a report of the body of a woman found in a stream just off of Tartia Road in East Hampton, an area known as Engel’s Falls. The victim was identified as Ms. Ochankowski, who was pronounced dead at the scene. An autopsy by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner determined the cause of death was strangulation and the case was ruled a homicide.

Ms. Ochankowski had been the subject of a missing person’s investigation earlier that day after her car was found running in the front parking lot of 82 Main Street in East Hampton. Witnesses saw her car running with her dog inside as early as 9:30 p.m. on January 11, 1998.


Donald Raynor - Arrested

{Donald } {Delano Gray was shot to death on June 18, 2007.} DONALD “AMEN” RAYNOR was arrested in June 2013 and charged with Murder, Conspiracy to Commit Murder and Illegal Possession of a Firearm in connection with the shooting death of Delano Gray.

The 22-year-old victim was found with multiple gunshot wounds lying in a driveway on Enfield Street in Hartford on June 18, 2007. Subsequent investigation determined that Mr. Gray was targeted by a rival group and was standing on the street when he was fired upon from a passing vehicle.

Raynor, who was 27 at the time of his arrest, is also charged in connection with the shootings of five other people in Hartford in 2007 and 2008 and the alleged theft and trafficking of firearms in Windsor Locks and Hartford. The charges are merely accusations and he is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

The investigation was initiated as a result of a tip received through the cold case playing card project, which sells prison inmates decks of playing cards with information about unsolved homicides and missing persons cases.

The unsolved homicide of Delano Gray was described on the 8 of clubs card in the second issue of the playing cards, which are produced through a joint project of the Department of Correction and the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney.

The case was part of a major multijurisdictional investigation into violence in the City of Hartford, including the Office of the State's Attorney for the Judicial District of Hartford, the Hartford Police Department and the Cold Case Unit in the Office of the Chief State's Attorney. The case will be prosecuted by the Office of the State's Attorney for the Judicial District of Hartford.

Darius Armadore - Gerjuan Tyus - Arrested

{Todd Thomas was fatally shot outside of a New London cafe on December 23, 2006.} {Darius Armadore is charged in the 2006 shooting death of Todd Thomas.} DARIUS ARMADORE and GERJUAN TYUS were arrested in November 2012 and charged with Murder and Conspiracy to Commit Murder in the shooting death of Todd Thomas nearly six years earlier in New London.

The arrests are the result of an investigation conducted by the New London Police Department in conjunction with the Southeastern Connecticut/New London County Cold Case Unit and also involving the FBI.

The arrests were the first for the New London Police Department working in conjunction with the Cold Case Unit.

{Gerjuan Tyus is charged in the 2006 shooting death of Todd Thomas.} Mr. Thomas, age 30, was shot at approximately 12:15 a.m. on December 23, 2006, outside of a cafe located on Bank Street in New London.

Investigators believe the shooting was in retaliation for an incident that occurred three weeks earlier in which Mr. Thomas is alleged to have shot Gerjuan Tyus in a dispute over jewelry that belonged to a relative of Mr. Thomas. Tyus suffered non-life threatening injuries in that incident.

Armadore and Tyus have been identified by investigators as gang members with ties to Dorchester, Mass. At the time of their arrests in the homicide case, both Armadore and Tyus were being held in the custody of the Connecticut Department of Correction on unrelated charges. Both were 32 years old at the time of their arrests.

The charges against both men are merely accusations and they are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. The cases are being prosecuted by the Office of the State's Attorney for the Judicial District of New London.

Irene Reynolds - Convicted

{Irene Reynolds pled no contest in the death of her adoptive mother.} {Bertha Reynolds was killed in Norwich in 1993.} IRENE REYNOLDS pled no contest in December 2012 to one count of Manslaughter in the Second Degree in connection with the death of her adoptive mother, Bertha Reynolds, in Norwich on July 9, 1993.

Irene Reynolds was arrested in May 2010 as a result of an investigation conducted by the Norwich Police Department in conjunction with the Southeastern Connecticut/New London County Cold Case Unit.

She was charged in the death of her adoptive mother, Bertha Reynolds, who was found dead at the foot of the basement stairs in the victim's home on Laurel Hill Avenue in Norwich. An autopsy determined the 60-year-old victim had been beaten and strangled.

Irene Reynolds, who had been adopted as an infant by the victim and her husband, was 21 years old at the time of the crime. 

The case was prosecuted by the Office of the State's Attorney for the Judicial District of New London.

Jose Ramos - Arrested

{Jose Ramos is charged with Murder in the death of Tynell Hardwick.} JOSE E. RAMOS was arrested in September 2012 and charged with Murder and Failure to Appear in the First Degree as a result of a cold case investigation into the 2008 homicide of Tynell "Blue" Hardwick in N {Tynell Hardwick was fatally shot in Norwich in October 2008.} orwich. Ramos was arrested in Queens, N.Y., on September 25, 2012, and waived extradition to Connecticut.

A 29-year-old resident of Norwich, Mr. Hardwick was with friends at Rumors Cafe at 88 Boswell Avenue in Norwich . As he left the cafe at about 11:45 p.m. with his friend he was shot and killed by an unknown assailant.

The case was one of those featured in the second edition of Cold Case playing cards produced by Cold Case investigators and distributed through the state’s correctional institutions. The Hardwick case was featured on the Ace of Spades card.

The charges against Ramos are merely accusations and Ramos is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. The case will be prosecuted by the Office of the State's Attorney for the Judicial District of New London.

Matthew Pugh - Arrested

{Matthew Pugh was arrested in 2012 and charged in the homicide of Alexndra Ducsay.} MATTHEW PUGH was arrested September 5, 2012, and charged with one count of Murder and one count of Burglary in the First Degree in connection with the homicide of Alexandra Ducsay. {The homicide of Alexandra Ducsay was featured in the Cold Case Playing Cards.}

Ms. Ducsay was found deceased in her home on Booth Bay Street in Milford on May 19, 2006. An autopsy performed by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner determined that the cause of death was blunt force trauma and the manner of death was certified as homicide.

The arrest was the result of a lengthy investigation conducted by detectives from the Milford Police Department in collaboration with the Cold Case Unit in the Office of the Chief State's Attorney and the Office of the State's Attorney for the Judicial District of Ansonia-Milford. During the course of the investigation, the case was featured on the Cold Case Playing Cards distributed in the Connecticut corrections system.

Matthew Pugh, formerly of Hamden, was incarcerated on unrelated charges at the time of his arrest in the homicide case. The charges against Pugh, age 40 at the time of his arrest, are merely accusations and he is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

The case will be prosecuted by the Office of the State's Attorney for the Judicial District of Ansonia-Milford.

Dickie Anderson, Jr. - Convicted

{Renee Pellegrino was found slain in Waterford on June 25, 1997.} {Dickie Anderson was convicted in 2012 of Murder in the death of Renee Pellegrino.} DICKIE E. ANDERSON, JR. was convicted in April 2012 of Murder for the homicide of Renee Pellegrino. The 41-year-old victim was found dead by Waterford Police on June 25, 1997, on Waterford Parkway South , a dead-end street in a rural area of Waterford.

Anderson was arrested on June 1, 2010, as a result of an investigation conducted by the Southeastern Connecticut Cold Case Unit. He was convicted of Murder on April 4, 2012, following a trial by a jury in the Superior Court for the Judicial District of New London. 

An autopsy conducted by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner determined Ms. Pellegrino had been strangled, and her death was ruled a homicide. Anderson, a resident of New London, was 27 years old at the time of the crime and age 40 at the time of his arrest.

The case was prosecuted by the Office of the State’s Attorney for the Judicial District of New London.

Luis Sanchez - Convicted

{Jeanna Flores was shot to death on Franklin Avenue in Hartford.} {Luis Sanchez was found guilty of Murder and Assault in the First Degree.} LUIS SANCHEZ was convicted in October 2013 for the slaying of one person and wounding of two others outside of a club on Franklin Avenue in Hartford on October 7, 2010.

Sanchez, who was 22 years old at the time of his arrest, was found guilty by a Hartford Superior Court jury of Murder and two counts of Assault in the First Degree.

He was sentenced in January 2014 to serve 65 years in prison - 55 years for the Murder conviction and five years on each count of assault. The terms will run consecutively.

He was arrested in February 2012 as a result of an investigation by the Major Crimes Division of the Hartford Police Department in conjunction with the Hartford Shooting Task Force and the Cold Case Unit in the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney.

According to testimony at his trial, Sanchez opened fire on a group of individuals outside of 451 Franklin Avenue in Hartford shortly before 1 a.m. on October 7, 2010. Jeanna Flores, age 27, died from a single gunshot wound to the head. Two men with her were wounded.

Also convicted on charges related to the investigation were SANTOS GONZALEZ, found guilty of Hindering Prosecution in the Second Degree and GINA COLON, convicted of Hindering Prosecution in the Second Degree and Tampering with a Witness.

The cases were prosecuted by the Office of the State’s Attorney for the Judicial District of Hartford.

Luis A. Rodriguez - Convicted

{Luis Rodriguez pled guilty to Manslaughter in the death of Kelsey Monahon.} LUIS ANTONIO RODRIGUEZ was convicted in August 2013 in the strangulation death of Kelsey Monahon, who was found mortally wounded in her Milford home on May 25, 2001. {Kelsey Monahon was strangled in May 2001.}

Rodriguez pled guilty to Manslaughter in the First Degree and is expected to be sentenced to serve 20 years in prison.

Mrs. Monahon, 28, was found unresponsive, the victim of an apparent burglary and robbery in her home on Bittersweet Avenue in the Wildemere Beach neighborhood of Milford. She died three days later in Bridgeport Hospital without regaining consciousness.

An autopsy conducted by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner determined she was the victim of strangulation and her death was ruled a homicide.

An arrest warrant was issued in January 2011 charging Rodriguez as a result of an investigation conducted by Milford Police Department in conjunction with the Cold Case Unit in the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney and the Office of the State's Attorney for the Judicial District of Ansonia-Milford. Rodriguez, age 53 at the time of his conviction, was extradited to Connecticut in June 2013 from Oklahoma where he was serving a federal prison sentence in an unrelated case.

The case was prosecuted by the Office of the State’s Attorney for the Judicial District of Ansonia-Milford.

Bruce Gathers - Convicted

{Two men are charged in the fatal shooting of Sean Hill.} {Bruce Gathers pled guilty in March 2013 to one count of Manslaughter in the First Degree with a Firearm.} BRUCE GATHERS pled guilty in March 2013 to Manslaughter in the First Degree with a Firearm in the 2006 shooting death of Sean R. Hill in Norwich. He was sentenced in June 2013 to serve 10-1/2 years in prison to be followed by 4-1/2 years of special parole.

Gathers was incarcerated on related charges at the time of his arrest in 2010 following an investigation by the Norwich Police Department and the Southeastern Connecticut/New London County Cold Case Unit.

Gathers pled guilty in New London Superior Court pursuant to the Alford doctrine under which a defendant does not admit guilt, but agrees that the state has enough evidence to get a conviction.

Gathers and Gregory Smith were previously convicted and sentenced to prison for their roles in a robbery and assault that occurred before Sean Hill was mortally wounded in the area of Boswell Avenue and Lake Street in Norwich minutes after midnight on June 3, 2006. The 19-year-old victim was hit by a shot that rang out after a man he was with that night fled a Boswell Avenue apartment where he had been assaulted and robbed.

The case was prosecuted by the Office of the State's Attorney for the Judicial District of New London.

Gregory Smith - Convicted

{Two men are charged in the fatal shooting of Sean Hill.} {Gregory Smith was convicted of Manslaughter in the death of Sean Hill.} GREGORY SMITH was convicted in 2013 of Manslaughter in the Second Degree in the death of Sean R. Hill.

Smith and Bruce Gathers were previously convicted and sentenced to prison for their roles in a robbery and assault that occurred before Sean Hill was mortally wounded in the area of Boswell Avenue and Lake Street in Norwich minutes after midnight on June 3, 2006.

The 19-year-old victim was hit by a shot that rang out after a man he was with that night fled a Boswell Avenue apartment where he had been assaulted and robbed.

Smith was arrested in 2010. He was convicted in 2013 of Manslaughter in the Second Degree and sentenced to six years in prison. The case was prosecuted by the Office of the State's Attorney for the Judicial District of New London.

Gathers pled guilty in March 2013 to Manslaughter in the First Degree with a Firearm.

Peter Waraksa - Convicted

{Former volunteer firefighter Peter Waraksa was convicted in connection with the fire deaths of an East Windsor couple.} PETER WARAKSA pled guilty on October 11, 2012, to criminal charges stemming from the deaths of an East Windsor couple found dead in their home following a fire in 1986.

Waraksa was sentenced to serve eight years and eight months in prison to be followed by ten years of special parole in the deaths of Orie “Harold” Weeks, age 59, and his wife, Assunta Weeks, age 57. Waraksa was a member of the Warehouse Point Fire Department at the time of the fatal fire on October 7, 1986, at the Weeks’ home at 17 Broadview Lane in East Windsor.

Waraksa pled guilty in Hartford Superior Court to two counts of Negligent Homicide and one count each of Arson in the Third Degree and Burglary in the Second Degree.

He was arrested in July 2010 – more than 23 years after the crime -- as a result of an investigation conducted by the East Windsor Police Department in conjunction with the Cold Case Unit in the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney.

The case was prosecuted by the Office of the State's Attorney for the Judicial District of Hartford.

Quan Morgan - Convicted

{Quan Morgan was convicted in October 2011 for the homicide of Shawn Dudley.} QUAN MORGAN was convicted in October 2011 of the murder of Shawn Dudley some five years earlier in Hartford.

Morgan was arrested in February 2011 as a result of information received through "cold case" playing cards distributed to inmates throughout the Connecticut prison system.

Mr. Dudley, 19, was fatally shot in the early morning hours of September 24, 2006, while attending a party at the West Indian Social Club at 3340 {The homicide of Shawn Dudley was detailed on the 9 of diamonds playing card.} Main Street in Hartford. He was confronted on the dance floor by several males, one of whom pulled a handgun and shot him once in the chest.

“A break came in the investigation when Shaun Dudley’s homicide was recently highlighted as the Nine of Diamonds in the “Cold Case Cards ,” said Hartford Police Major Crimes Supervising Sergeant Brandon O’Brien. “The information received is what broke the case open for us leading to Morgan’s arrest.”

The arrest was the first resulting from information received as a result of the distribution of the cards, which feature the names and photographs of victims of unsolved homicides, missing persons and unidentified remains cases.

Morgan pled guilty in Hartford Superior Court on October 12, 2011, to one count of Murder for the Dudley homicide. At the time of his arrest, he was being held in the custody of the Department of Correction in the unrelated shooting death of Edward Haslam in Hartford on October 3, 2009, for which he has since been convicted. That arrest also resulted from an investigation by Hartford Police and the Cold Case Unit in the Office of the Chief State's Attorney.

Antwan Sease - Quan Morgan - Convicted

{Antwan Sease was convicted of Felony Murder, Robbery and Conspiracy in the death of Edward Haslam.} {Quan Morgan pled guilty in May 2011 in the robbery and slaying of Edward Haslam.} ANTWAN SEASE and QUAN MORGAN were convicted in the 2009 shooting death of Edward Haslam in Hartford.

At 2:49 a.m. on October 3, 2009, Hartford Police received a report of a man shot at Main and Montville streets. Responding officers found Mr. Haslam, age 41, in his car suffering from a single gunshot wound to the chest in the parking lot of "Club Vibz" at 3155 Main Street.

Mr. Haslam died of his injuries. An autopsy performed by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner determined the cause of death was a gunshot wound to the chest and the case was ruled a homicide.

{Edward Haslam was shot to death during a robbery in Hartford in October 2009.} Subsequent investigation determined that Mr. Haslam was shot as he attempted to drive away while being robbed. His car crashed into a fence and utility pole where it was found by emergency personnel responding to the scene.

Quan Morgan was arrested on May 21, 2010. On May 17, 2011, he pled guilty in Hartford Superior Court to one count each of Felony Murder, Robbery in the First Degree and Conspiracy to Commit Robbery in the First Degree. Morgan was 21 years old at the time of his arrest.

Antwan Sease, a 21-year-old resident of Enfield at the time of his arrest in July 2010, was convicted in June 2011 by a jury in Hartford Superior Court of one count each of Felony Murder, Robbery in the First Degree and Conspiracy to Commit Robbery in the First Degree. He is serving a 60-year prison term.

The investigation was conducted by the Hartford Police Department and the Cold Case Unit in the Office of the Chief State's Attorney. All charges will be prosecuted by the Office of the State's Attorney for the Judicial District of Hartford.

Paul Davis - Convicted

{Paul Davis was convicted in the death of Kerry Foster.} PAUL DAVIS was convicted in March 2013 of Accessory to Murder, Conspiracy to Commit Murder and Criminal Attempt to Commit Murder in the death of a Hartford teenager who was gunned down with a friend in a 2006 drive-by shooting.

Davis and Ackeem Riley were arrested in August 2009 and charged in the homicide of 15-year-old Kerry Foster and wounding of a second, 14-year-old teenager in a drive-by shooting that occurred in front of 50 Clark Street in Hartford on May 28, 2006. Charges against Riley are {Kerry Foster was 15 years old when he was shot to death in Hartford on May 28, 2006.} pending in Hartford Superior Court.

Davis was sentenced in May 2013 to serve a total effective sentence of 100 years in prison. The case was investigated by the Major Crimes Division of the Hartford Police Department in conjunction with the Cold Case Unit in the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney and the State of Connecticut Department of Correction. The case was prosecuted by the Office of the State’s Attorney for the Judicial District of Hartford.

At the time of his arrest, Davis was in the custody of the Department of Correction serving a 9-year sentence for an unrelated crime.

Officers ascertained that the victims had been standing in front of 50-52 Clark Street when a vehicle or vehicles pulled up and numerous gunshots were fired at both teenagers. The vehicle or vehicles then sped off. Officers found expended 9 mm casings and projectiles in front of 50-52 Clark Street.

Ackeem Riley - Arrested

{Ackeem Riley - March 2009 photo} ACKEEM RILEY was arrested in August 2009 and charged in the homicide of Kerry Foster and wounding of a second teenager on May 28, 2006, in Hartford.

At approximately 11:24 p.m. on May 28, 2006, Hartford Police responded to a report of a drive-by shooting in front of 50 Clark Street. Upon arrival officers found two males suffering from gunshot wounds. Kerry Foster, who was 15 years old, was suffering from gunshot wounds to the head and chest. The second victim, a 14-year-old Hartford resident, was suffering from gunshot wounds to the back and groin.

{Kerry Foster was 15 years old when he was shot to death in Hartford on May 28, 2006.} Kerry Foster was transported to Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford where he was pronounced dead at 11:53 p.m. A subsequent autopsy determined that he had died from gunshot wounds of the head and chest, and his death was classified as a homicide.

Officers ascertained that the victims had been standing in front of 50-52 Clark Street when a vehicle or vehicles pulled up and numerous gunshots were fired at both teenagers. The vehicle or vehicles then sped off. Officers found expended 9 mm casings and projectiles in front of 50-52 Clark Street.

Riley, who was 16 years old at the time of the shootings, is charged with Capital Felony, Murder, Conspiracy to Commit Murder, Assault in the First Degree and Risk of Injury. Another man charged in the case, Paul Davis, was convicted in March 2013 following a trial in Hartford Superior Court.

The charges against Riley are merely accusations and he is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. The case is being prosecuted by the Office of the State's Attorney for the Judicial District of Hartford. The case was investigated by the Hartford Police Department, the Department of Correction and the Cold Case Unit of the Chief State's Attorney's Office.

Ackeem Riley - Convicted

{Ackeem Riley was convicted in the killing of Tray Davis.} ACKEEM RILEY was convicted on March 3, 2009, in the 2006 shooting death of 16-year-old Tray Davis in Hartford.

Tray was shot on November 17, 2006, at approximately 5:59 p.m., outside 714 Garden Street. Two {Tray Davis was 16-years-old when he was shot to death in Hartford.} other victims, a 13-year-old male and a 21-year-old male, were also discovered at the scene. All three were transported by ambulance to area hospitals. Tray was pronounced dead a short time later.

On December 5, 2007, Riley, then age 18, was arrested by Hartford Police and charged in connection with the homicide.

{Tray Davis was visiting his grandmother when he was slain in November 2006.} He was convicted on March 3, 2009, following a jury trial in the Superior Court for the Judicial District of Hartford of being an Accessory to Murder, Conspiracy to Commit Murder, two counts of Criminal Attempt to Commit Murder and two counts of being an Accessory to Assault in the First Degree.

He was sentenced on May 5, 2009, to an effective term of 100 years in prison.

Tray Davis was a beloved brother, son, grandson, and friend. He was a quiet boy with a strong bond to his twin sister. Tray was visiting his grandmother on November 17th and had been outside in the neighborhood and socializing with friends when he was killed. Tray appears to have been an innocent bystander.

The case was investigated by the Hartford Police Department and the Cold Case Unit of the Chief State's Attorney's Office with the assistance of the Bloomfield Police Department .

On August 25, 2009, an arrest warrant was issued in Hartford Superior Court charging Ackeem Riley in the unrelated homicide of 15-year-old Kerry Foster and wounding of another, then-14-year-old victim on May 28, 2006, in front of 50-52 Clark Street in Hartford. Riley will be prosecuted in this case in the Superior Court for the Judicial District of Hartford.

Pedro Miranda - Convicted

{Carmen Lopez} {Pedro Miranda was convicted in April 2011 for the Murder of Carmen Lopez.} PEDRO MIRANDA, a registered sex offender from New Britain, was convicted on April 26, 2011, of four counts in the 1988 murder of Carmen Lopez in Hartford.

A jury in the Superior Court for the Judicial District of Hartford found Miranda guilty of one count of Capital Felony, one count of Murder, one count of Felony Murder and one count of Kidnapping in the First Degree.

He was sentenced to serve life in prison without the possibility of release on the Capital Felony charge and 100 years on the other charges.

Ms. Lopez, age 17, was last heard from by relatives on January 2, 1988. She was found strangled on January 5, 1988, in an apartment on Nelton Court in Hartford.

The Cold Case Unit initiated its investigation of the homicide in July 2008 after new information was brought to the attention of the Office of the State’s Attorney for the Judicial District of Hartford by the Connecticut Innocence Project of the State of Connecticut Division of Public Defender Services.

A Petition for a New Trial was granted on December 19, 2008, in the Superior Court for the Judicial District of Hartford for another individual who had been convicted in the homicide of Carmen Lopez. That conviction has since been vacated.

Pedro Miranda - Arrested - Case Remains Open

PEDRO MIRANDA, a registered sex offender from New Britain, was arrested on December 5, 2008, at his home and charged in the homicides of three Hartford teenagers during the 1980s. He was convicted on April 26, 2011, of four counts in the death of Carmen Lopez.

He is also charged with:

{Rosa Valentin.} {Mayra Cruz} • One count of Murder stemming from the disappearance of Rosa Valentin, age 16, who was last seen alive in Miranda’s car on July 26, 1986. Her body has never been found and she is presumed dead.

• One count each of Capital Felony, Felony Murder, Murder and Kidnapping in the First Degree in the death of Mayra Cruz, whose body was found in a wooded area in East Windsor on October 11, 1987. The 13-year-old was reported missing when she did not return home from school in Hartford on November 8, 1987.

According to the arrest warrant affidavit, Miranda, who was age 51 at the time of his arrest in 2008, was required to register on the State of Connecticut Sex Offender Registry as a result of his conviction for the May 29, 1998, sexual assault of a 24-year-old woman in West Hartford.

The charges against Miranda are merely accusations and he is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in court.

{Pedro Miranda in 1993 photo.} {Pedro Miranda in recent photo.} {Pedro Miranda in 1987 photo.} The case was investigated by the Cold Case Unit in the Office of the Chief State's Attorney, the Connecticut State Police Central District Major Crime Unit, the Connecticut State Police Forensic Science Laboratory, the State of Connecticut Department of Correction, the Hartford Police Department and the Bloomfield Police Department.

The case is being prosecuted by the Office of the State’s Attorney for the Judicial District of Hartford

If you have any information about this case, please contact the Cold Case Unit in the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney. The Cold Case Unit tip line can be reached by telephone at (860) 548-0606, 1-866-623-8058, by email by following this link or by mail at Cold Case Unit, P.O. Box 962, Rocky Hill, CT 06067 .

Alexander Torres - Samuel Quiles - Convicted

{Alexander Torres is serving a 20-year sentence.} ALEXANDER TORRES and SAMUEL QUILES were convicted in connection with the homicide of Efrain Rodriguez, who was fatally wounded outside of a Hartford restaurant on November 10, 2007.

{Efrain Rodriguez was fatally shot in Hartford.} Torres, who was 16 years old at the time of the crime, was arrested on August 1, 2008. He subsequently pled guilty to Manslaughter in the First Degree and was sentenced to 20 years in prison. Torres was arrested following an investigatory grand jury investigation into the Rodriguez homicide.

Quiles, a resident of Middletown who was 25 years old when arrested on October 7, 2009, was sentenced in March 2010 to five years in prison for Carrying a Pistol Without a Permit, Possession of Narcotics and Perjury for lying to the investigatory grand jury.

{Samuel Quiles was convicted of perjury and other counts.} At approximately 1:45 a.m. on November 10, 2007, Hartford police officers on patrol in the area of 1995 Park Street heard several gunshots coming from the MiBar restaurant.

Officers located a 19-year-old male lying on the sidewalk suffering from a single gunshot wound to the leg. He was transported to Hartford Hospital for treatment of a non-life threatening injury.

Mr. Rodriguez, a 30-year-old resident of Avon, Connecticut, was subsequently found in the parking lot suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest. He was transported to St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 2:04 a.m.

The case was investigated by the Major Crimes Division of the Hartford Police Department and the Cold Case Unit in the Office of the Chief State's Attorney.

The cases were prosecuted by the Office of the State's Attorney for the Judicial District of Hartford.

Duane Foster - Convicted

DUANE FOSTER pled guilty in April 2010 to one count of Kidnapping in the First Degree for the January 1988 kidnapping, robbery and sexual assault of a Hartford woman. Foster was arrested in November 2008 as a result of a Cold Case investigation by the Major Crimes {Duane Foster is currently serving a prison sentence for Kidnapping.} Division of the Hartford Police Department, the State of Connecticut Department of Correction and the Cold Case Unit of the Chief State's Attorney's Office.

Foster was 47 years old at the time of his arrest and incarcerated in Virginia for an unrelated crime.

Also known as LEONARD MARTIN, ANTHONY MARTIN and DWAYNE FOSTER, he lived near the location on Charter Oak Avenue in Hartford where the then-26-year-old victim of the 1988 kidnapping was beaten, robbed of her jewelry and money and then sexually assaulted. Police found the victim in the early morning hours of January 22, 1988, bleeding profusely from her face. Her injuries required seven stitches over one eye.

The law applicable to the case placed a five-year statute of limitations on the prosecution of Sexual Assault and Robbery committed in 1988. However, there is no statute of limitations on the prosecution of Kidnapping in the First Degree, the offense to which Foster pled guilty more than twenty years after the crime was committed.

He was sentenced in April 2010 to serve 11 years in prison for the kidnapping conviction. The sentence is addition to the sentence he received for other offenses. The case was prosecuted by the Office of the State's Attorney for the Judicial District of Hartford.

William Devin Howell - Convicted
Case Open - Public Assistance Requested

{William Devlin Howell, convicted in the homicide of Nilsa Arizmendi.} WILLIAM DEVIN HOWELL was convicted of one count of Manslaughter in the First Degree in the homicide of Nilsa Arizmendi, who was last seen alive on July 25, 2003, in Wethersfield. On January 30, 20007, the defendant pleaded guilty in New Britain Superior Court under the Alford Doctrine to end his trial on a charge of Murder. He is serving a 15-year prison sentence.

The case was investigated by the Wethersfield Police Department , the Office of the State's Attorney for the Judicial District of New Britain, the Connecticut State Police Central District Major Crime Unit and the Cold Case Unit of the Office of the Chief State's Attorney. The State of Connecticut Department of Correction assisted the investigation as did the Hampton, Virginia, Police Department and the Bertie County, North Carolina, Sheriff's Office. {Mr. Howell has the name }

Howell was arrested on May 13, 2005, in Hampton, Virginia, and charged as a fugitive from justice in the death of Ms. Arizmendi, who was last seen alive in his van in Wethersfield. Ms. Arizmendi was reported missing to the Wethersfield Police Department by her sister on July 31, 2003. Her body has not been recovered.

{The van driven by William Devin Howell and seized in North Carolina.} DNA analysis conducted by the Connecticut State Police Forensic Laboratory determined that blood evidence found in Howell's van was from the 33-year-old victim. The van was seized in North Carolina on April 22, 2004, pursuant to a search warrant issued in the State of Connecticut. Howell had been arrested in North Carolina in an unrelated matter.

State authorities are seeking the public’s assistance to determine the source of additional blood found in the van. Additional evidence recovered from the van indicated that a substantial amount of blood from a second, unidentified individual was present. {The Cold Case Unit is attempting to determine the identify of this woman.}

{If you can identify this woman, please contact the Cold Case Unit.} At the time of Ms. Arizmendi’s disappearance, Howell had been in Connecticut where he did odd jobs and cut grass at homes and businesses in Wethersfield , Hartford , New Britain and West Hartford.

The Cold Case Unit is attempting to identify two women who were recorded on a videotape recovered from Howell's van. If you have information on the identity of either or both of these women or additional information about this case, please contact the Cold Case Unit at the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney at 860-258-5800. Or follow this link to email the Cold Case Unit or call the Tip Line at 860-548-0606. All calls will be kept confidential.

Edwin Snelgrove, Jr. - Convicted - Case Closed

{Edwin Snelgrove Jr. - Convicted - Case Closed} EDWIN SNELGROVE, Jr., was convicted of Murder in February 2005 following a lengthy trial in Hartford Superior Court for the slaying of Carmen Rodriguez. On April 15, 2005, Snelgrove was sentenced to life in prison, which is defined by state law as a term of sixty years.

The conviction was affirmed by the Connecticut Supreme Court, which in September 2008 rejected an appeal brought on behalf of Snelgrove challenging the jury's guilty verdict.

The victim was last seen with Snelgrove leaving a bar on Capitol Avenue in Hartford on September 21, 2001. Her body was discovered in Hopkinton, Rhode Island, in January of 2002.

The Hartford Police Department, Hopkinton (R.I.) Police Department, Rhode Island State Police and Connecticut State Police engaged in a joint investigation. The Cold Case Unit of the Office of the Chief State's Attorney joined the investigation in October 2002. The case was prosecuted by the Office of the State's Attorney for the Judicial District of Hartford .

Snelgrove was arrested in 2003. He has previous convictions for Manslaughter and Attempted Murder from two separate incidents that occurred in New Jersey in the 1980s.

Matthew Johnson - Convicted - Case Closed

{Matthew Johnson - Convicted - Case Closed} MATTHEW JOHNSON was convicted in February 2004 of three counts of Murder for the slayings of three women who were found murdered in the Asylum Hill neighborhood of Hartford.

He was arrested as a result of an investigation by the Cold Case Unit, Connecticut State Police, the State Police Forensic Laboratory DNA Section, the State of Connecticut Department of Correction and the Hartford Police Department into the deaths of nine women in the Hartford area over the course of seven years.

Five deaths occurred in a particular area of Asylum Hill, and three of the victims were tied to Johnson by DNA evidence. Johnson was convicted in the deaths of Aida Quinones, whose body was found April 16, 2000 at 85 Laurel Street, Hartford; Rosali Jimenez, whose body was found August 29, 2000 at 50-52 Cedar Street, Hartford; and Alesia Ford, whose body was found on July 22, 2001, at 1 Myrtle Street, Hartford.

The cases were prosecuted by the Office of the State's Attorney for the Judicial District of Hartford.

Omar Ali - Convicted - Case Closed

{Omar Ali - Convicted - Case Closed} OMAR ALI (also known as Herbert L. Ross, Sr.) was convicted on August 19, 2003, of Felony Murder and Murder for the 1980 stabbing death of Darrel K. Ashton in Burlington, Connecticut.

Ali, who lived in Waterbury, Connecticut, at the time of his arrest, was arrested in November 2000.

Mr. Ashton was found dead in his Burlington home on May 11, 1980. An autopsy determined the cause of death to be multiple stab wounds and also showed that the 44-year-old victim had suffered asphyxia by manual strangulation.

The arrest and conviction of Omar Ali was the result of an investigation conducted by the Cold Case Unit of the Office of the Chief State's Attorney and the Connecticut State Police. Instrumental to the case was fingerprint and DNA evidence recovered from the scene of the crime and analyzed by the State Police Forensic Laboratory.

Ali was sentenced in November 2000 to a term of 25 years to life imprisonment. The Connecticut Appellate Court rejected an appeal filed on his behalf and upheld his conviction in a decision officially released on November 29, 2005.

Gregory McArthur - Convicted - Case Closed

{Gregory McArthur - Convicted - Case Closed} GREGORY McARTHUR was convicted on December 13, 2002, of Felony Murder, Manslaughter in the First Degree, Kidnapping in the First Degree and Larceny in the Third Degree in the January 1998 slaying of Ann Marie Cusano of Shelton, Connecticut.

Ms. Cusano was reported missing on January 4, 1998. Investigation by the Shelton Police Department led police investigating her disappearance to the Hartford apartment where McArthur lived.

The Hartford Police Department joined the investigation. The crime scene was processed and police were subsequently able to obtain an arrest warrant for McArthur before her remains were found. McArthur subsequently led detectives to the victim's remains in a wooded area of Suffield, Connecticut, in 2000. The Connecticut Appellate Court upheld his conviction in June 2006.

Jeanette Poulin - Convicted - Case Closed

{Jeanette Poulin - Convicted - Case Closed} JEANETTE POULIN pleaded guilty under the Alford Doctrine on October 15, 2002, to Manslaughter in the First Degree for the August 1986 death of her infant son, Daniel Poulin, in Bristol, Connecticut.

Poulin was arrested at her home in New York City on March 2, 2001, and subsequently extradited to Connecticut.

The Office of the Chief State Medical Examiner had initially attributed the death of the six-week-old child to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, but the cause of death was reclassified as "undetermined" after investigators reviewed a previously sealed case report from the State of Connecticut Department of Children and Families.

A law enacted in 1996 gave investigators access to those files. The investigation by the Cold Case Unit and the Bristol Police Department determined that Daniel Poulin had been suffocated. Ms. Poulin is serving a 15-year prison sentence.

Nicole Pelletier - Convicted - Case Closed

{Nicole Pelletier - Convicted - Case Closed} NICOLE PELLETIER was convicted on May 20, 2002, of Murder as an Accessory in the beating death of her husband, Olidor Pelletier.

The 31-year-old victim died 13 days after he was found severely beaten in the family home in the Terryville section of Plymouth, Connecticut, on October 2, 1989.

Shortly after her husband's death, Ms. Pelletier returned to her native New Brunswick, Canada. The State of Connecticut successfully extradited her in July 2001 on a warrant charging her with Murder as an Accessory.

Her arrest followed an investigation by the Cold Case Unit and the Plymouth Police Department, which determined that Ms. Pelletier planned the murder with her then-boyfriend, Jose Rubert.

Rubert, who was sentenced to a 30-year prison term for the murder, testified against Ms. Pelletier at her trial. She is now serving a 60-year prison sentence.

Edward Grant - Convicted - Case Closed

{Edward Grant - Convicted - Case Closed} EDWARD GRANT was convicted on May 28, 2002, of Murder for the homicide of Concetta "Penny" Serra.

The jury's guilty verdict in New Haven Superior Court came some twenty-nine years after the 21-year-old dental assistant was found stabbed to death in a New Haven parking garage on July 16, 1973.

The verdict also concluded one of the most widely publicized homicide investigations in recent state history, which involved the New Haven Police Department, Connecticut State Police and the Cold Case Unit.

Grant's conviction was upheld by the Connecticut Supreme Court, which denied his appeal in a decision issued in April 2008.

Grant, an auto body mechanic, was living in Waterbury, Connecticut, when he was arrested on a warrant issued in June 1999. He was connected to the crime through DNA analysis of evidence found at the scene and analyzed by the State Police Forensic Laboratory.

DNA analysis found there was a less than a one in 878 million chance that DNA found on a bloodstain recovered from the scene came from someone other than the defendant. Grant was sentenced in September 2002 to serve 20 years in prison.

The case was prosecuted by the Office of the State's Attorney for the Judicial District of New Haven.

Gino Gentile - Edgar DeJesus - Convicted - Case Closed

{Edgar DeJesus - Convicted - Case Closed} {Gino Gentile - Convicted - Case Closed} GINO GENTILE and EDGAR DeJESUS were both convicted in the March 17, 1997, robbery and slaying of San Chiu Wong as a result of a Cold Case investigation by the New Britain Police Department and the Cold Case Unit.

The victim was shot to death at the Chinese restaurant he owned in New Britain, Connecticut. Witnesses testified that Gentile shot the victim in the head to avoid being identified in the robbery.

At the time of his conviction, Gentile was serving a 40-year prison sentence for two homicides in Patterson, New Jersey. In the subsequent investigation of the New Britain homicide, firearms experts from the Connecticut State Police Forensic Laboratory were able to prove conclusively that the same handgun was used in the New Jersey and New Britain homicides.

Gentile was sentenced to 100 years in prison on his convictions for Murder, Robbery in the First Degree and Conspiracy to Commit Robbery in the First Degree. DeJesus, the "wheelman" in the robbery, pleaded guilty to Manslaughter in the Second Degree and was sentenced in April 2002 to 19 years in prison.

Bill Roy Henderson - Convicted - Case Closed

{Bill Roy Henderson - Convicted - Case Closed} {Gary Simms, also known as Donyell Rutherford, pled guilty to Tampering with a Witness and Conspiracy to Commit Assault.} {Franz Murray - Convicted} BILL ROY HENDERSON was convicted on November 5, 2001, of Murder as an Accessory, Conspiracy to Commit Murder and Tampering with a Witness for the July 24, 1996, killing of 19-year-old Hayfield Hemley on Adam Street in Hartford.

The evidence produced during his trial before a jury in Hartford Superior Court revealed that Henderson enlisted MICHAEL WRIGHT to murder Mr. Hemley. Wright pleaded guilty to Manslaughter in the First Degree and was sentenced to a total of 48 years imprisonment for crimes against Mr. Hemley.

Following his conviction, Wright cooperated with the prosecution and testified against Henderson. Another defendant, FRANZ MURRAY, pleaded guilty to Conspiracy and Accessory to Assault charges. He was sentenced to twenty years in prison, suspended after seven years served, and five years' probation.

GARY SIMMS, also known as DONYELL RUTHERFORD, was arrested on April 19, 2006, in New Britain. In 2008 he pled guilty to Tampering with a Witness and Conspiracy to Commit Assault in the First Degree.

The case was investigated by the Cold Case Unit, the Major Crimes Division of the Hartford Police Department and the State of Connecticut Department of Correction.

Alfred Swinton - Convicted - Case Closed

{Alfred Swinton - Convicted - Case Closed} ALFRED SWINTON was convicted on March 21, 2001, of Murder in the death of Carla Terry. The body of the 28-year-old mother of two was found on an abandoned dirt road in the North End of Hartford on January 13, 1991.

She had been strangled. The Hartford Police Department first arrested Swinton for the murder in 1991, but a Judge ruled there was not probable cause to pursue the Murder charge.

Swinton was arrested again in 1998 after advances in forensic science allowed Cold Case investigators to link him to bite marks that were found on the victim's body. Dr. Constantine Karazulas, a Forensic Odontologist, provided critical testimony at the trial concerning the bite marks.

Swinton was sentenced in May of 2001 to life in prison, the maximum sentence allowed for his crime. His subsequent appeal to the Connecticut Supreme Court, which challenged the use of technology to analyze the bite marks, was denied.

The case was prosecuted by the Statewide Prosecution Bureau in the Office of the Chief State's Attorney.

Angela Dressel - Lisette Carrucini - Convicted - Case Closed

{Lisette Carrucini , a.k.a. Torres - Convicted - Case Closed} {Angela Dressel - Convicted - Case Closed} On October 15, 1997, shortly before 1 a.m., Michael Gratic was found on the sidewalk on Sergeant Street in Hartford by police responding to a report of a person stabbed.

Mr. Gratic, who was the victim of an attempted robbery, was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The case went unsolved until 2001/2002 when a unit consisting of the Hartford Police Department, Cold Case Unit, State of Connecticut Department of Correction and Connecticut State Police arrested ANGELA DRESSEL and LISETTE CARRUCINI, who was also was known by the name Torres.

Angela Dressel pleaded guilty in December 2004 to Manslaughter and was sentenced to twenty years’ incarceration, suspended after fifteen years served, and five years’ probation. Lisette Carrucini pleaded guilty in February 2005 to Conspiracy to Commit Robbery in the First Degree and was sentenced to ten years in prison.

Orville Owens - Earl Josephs - Convicted - Case Closed

{Orville Owens - Convicted - Case Closed} {Earl Josephs - Convicted - Case Closed} On June 10, 1998, the body of Lizzette Hamilton was found inside her apartment on Morris Street in Hartford.

The victim was bound by duct tape about the face, wrists and ankles and had been stabbed numerous times.

The homicide was investigated by a task force that included the Office of the Chief State's Attorney, the Hartford Police Department, FBI, Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut.

Fingerprints were obtained from the duct tape which led to ORVILLE OWENS. Owens and a second individual, EARL JOSEPHS, were arrested on Federal charges. Both pled guilty in Federal court.

Dale Stewart - Convicted - Case Open

{Dale Stewart - Convicted - Case Remains Open} On June 9, 1998, two bodies were found in penthouse apartments on Main Street in Hartford. The bodies were badly mutilated and the victims appeared to have been tortured.

The victims were identified as Audley Palmer and Samantha Mitto, both of whom were Jamaican nationals. Subsequent investigation disclosed that Mr. Palmer was involved in drug trafficking and that an individual identified as DALE STEWART had worked for him.

The further investigation revealed that Stewart and another man robbed, tortured and killed both victims. Stewart was arrested and convicted in federal court.

The arrest and conviction were the result of the investigation by the Office of the Chief State's Attorney, the Hartford Police Department, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), State of Connecticut Department of Correction, Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) . The second suspect is still unidentified.



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