Police search convicted felon's Norwich home in connection with Monday homicide

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Norwich — State and local police detectives joined Friday to execute a search and seizure warrant at a home on Crossway Street as part of the ongoing investigation into the stabbing death of 25-year-old Casey Chadwick.

Chadwick’s body was discovered Monday at her home at 16 Spaulding St., Apt. 2. The state medical examiner ruled her death a homicide caused by “sharp forced injuries to the head and neck with vascular injuries.”

At about 11:30 a.m. Friday, a state police crime scene van arrived at the multi-family home at 5 Crossway St. Detectives from the Eastern District Major Crime Unit donned protective plastic coveralls, shoe covers and dust masks before entering an upstairs apartment.

The detectives emerged at times from the building carrying plastic bags.

Court records indicate the resident of the apartment is 40-year-old Jean Jacques, who was arrested and jailed on crack cocaine sales charges hours after the discovery of Chadwick’s body on Monday.

Jacques is on parole for a 1996 shooting on Laurel Hill Avenue that left a man dead and a woman critically injured. He was arraigned Tuesday in Superior Court in Norwich on the drug charges and remains held.

Jacques is also known as Jean Yves and lists his address as 5 Crossway St., Apt. 2R. Residents at the Crossway Street building said the occupant of that apartment only recently moved in.

Norwich Police Detective Lt. Mark Rankowitz declined to comment on whether Jacques is a suspect in Chadwick’s death.

A police report related to Jacques’ arrest on Monday reveals he was the target of an undercover sting by Norwich police.

Jacques, known on the street as "Zoe," sold 0.6 grams of crack cocaine to a confidential informant during a controlled purchase on Franklin Street at about 6:45 p.m. Monday.

Police said they gave the informant money to buy the drugs and watched as the informant made the transaction with Jacques. They stopped Jacques a short time later and recovered the same money from his right hand.

He also was carrying two counterfeit $100 bills and had $14 in U.S. currency in his left front pocket that contained “a red blood-like substance,” according to his court file. He also had a probational New Jersey driver's license, a card from the Connecticut Department of Social Services, a Social Security card, a debit card and two silver house keys.

Jacques wore a white plastic jumpsuit as he stood before Judge Susan B. Handy for arraignment on the drug charges Tuesday.

Supervisory Bail Commissioner Kyle Jones said that Jacques, a native of Haiti, has been in the United States since 1992, living in Connecticut and New Jersey.

He has been working as a cook at the Rustic Cafe in East Lyme, according to his court file.

The judge set Jacques' bond at $100,000 and continued the case to July 7. Court officials noted the bond amount was “academic” because Jacques was being remanded back to prison based on his alleged violation of the conditions of his parole.

Jacques was convicted in 1997 of attempted murder and carrying a pistol without a permit. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison, suspended after 16 years followed by five years of probation.

He is currently on parole until October, according to the bail commissioner, who said his probation would then kick in.

According to stories in The Day's archive, Jacques was charged with murder and attempted murder after a double shooting outside an apartment at 495 Laurel Hill Ave. in February 1996. He was accused of fatally shooting Fresnel Eugene, 30, in the back of the head and shooting and pistol-whipping Eugene's girlfriend, Nadia Joseph.

At his trial in March 1997, Joseph, who survived, testified that Jacques had eaten dinner with her and Eugene prior to the shooting and had threatened to "spread voodoo around their apartment house."

The couple went to the store and bought the ingredients for a voodoo antidote and had just finished sprinkling the mixture of vinegar, lemons and strawberries around the front door when Jacques appeared and shot them, according to the archive.

Staff reporter Izaskun E. Larrañeta contributed to this report.

g.smith@theday.com

Twitter: @SmittyDay

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