Court upholds Bridgeport murder conviction despite COVID claim

HARTFORD – The state Supreme Court has upheld a Bridgeport man’s conviction in the very public fatal shooting of his ex-girlfriend’s brother in 2019.

Jayvell Washington’s attorney had argued that his client had been denied a fair trial because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

On March 12, 2020, in the early days of the pandemic, Washington, 41, of Bridgeport, was convicted by a jury of first-degree manslaughter with a firearm, criminal possession of a handgun, and carrying a handgun without a permit on January 27 2019, fatal shooting of 50-year-old Eugene Rogers.

Video from a gas station on Reservoir Avenue, played for the jury during the trial, showed Rogers approaching Washington’s car. The driver’s door opened, Rogers drew a pistol, then fell backwards to the ground. Video shows bullets being ejected from both Rogers’ gun and the open car door.

Rogers was shot once in the head, according to the autopsy report.

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