(From The Campus Lantern – March 26, 2015)
In the spring of 2013, Eastern Connecticut State University student Alyssiah Marie Wiley was found dead in Trumbull after being missing for approximately a month. Over the following two years, Jermaine Richards, 32, has been on trial for the murder of Wiley. According to affidavits from the court trial, Wiley and Richards had a seemingly unstable four-year relationship. Just days before she disappeared, Wiley tried to break up with Richards over Facebook. Richards allegedly told a friend that he was “going to get rid of her.” He was the last person she was seen with before her death (www.nbcconnecticut.com).
Just a few weeks ago on March 6, Richards was granted a mistrial in the case. The 12-member jury deliberated for about five full days before ultimately failing to reach a consensus. Reportedly, jurors sent the judge a note Monday saying they were “deeply divided” on the case (www.nbcconnecticut.com).
Richards was set to appear in court again on March 12 for the start of a re-trial, but there is currently no update on the case.
In honor of Alyssiah Wiley, FEMALES will be holding their second annual LeLe Project in April. The LeLe Project will focus on raising awareness about the issue of dating violence. In addition to FEMALES, other student clubs and organizations will be tabling at the event to provide information and statistics on different interest groups.
If students have any questions or concerns about dating violence, they can reach Starsheemar Byrum, the Coordinator of Sexual Assault & Interpersonal Violence Response Team and the Women’s Center, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and by phone at (860) 465-4314.