Manslaughter Defendant Challenges Trial Evidence
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Case: State v. Lissette I. Chiclana
Court: Connectivcut Appellate Court
Date: Monday, Nov. 18
Time: 10 a.m.
Attorneys: James M. Ralls; Lisa Herskowitz; Janice Nicole Wolf
Summary: A teenager who was convicted of manslaughter after accidentally shooting her friend while playing a game with a gun is trying to get a new trial. She claims the trial judge wrongly admitted evidence proving that the same gun had previously been accidentally fired.
Background: Lissette "Golda" Chiclana, 19, lived in a New Haven apartment with her mother and three other people. On Oct. 24, 2010, her friend Jamese Hudson, 16, was also staying with her.
Although she did not have a pistol permit, Chiclana had purchased a .380-caliber handgun six months earlier for protection after her boyfriend had been shot and killed in front of her home.
Chiclana and Hudson were good friends and the two nicknamed the gun "Little G." The two young ladies often played a game where they would take turns pointing the loaded handgun at each other and squeezing the trigger while the safety was on.