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Manslaughter Defendant Challenges Trial Evidence

, The Connecticut Law Tribune


At 10 p.m. on Oct. 23, 2010, according to prosecutors, Chiclana was in the kitchen heating up food when the gun fell out of her pocket. It discharged upon hitting the floo, firing a bullet into an adjacent apartment. Hudson was present at the time.

Chiclana later told police that after that accidental discharge,they made sure the gun's safety was on.

On Oct. 24, at around 1:30 p.m., Chiclana and Hudson were hanging out in a bedroom in the apartment. They were again playing with the gun, taking turns pointing it at each other and pulling the trigger. "I picked it up and did it again, but it went off," Chiclana told a detective.

Hudson suffered a fatal gunshot wound to the face. The gun was fired from 18 inches away.

Instead of calling 911, or checking to see if her friend was still breathing, Chiclana ran out of the apartment because she did not want the police to find her. On her way out of the apartment, she told two other people that she had accidentally shot Hudson and had to leave.

She next went to her boyfriend's home, where she changed her clothes and washed the gun and hid it. The boyfriend's mother, however, said that she was going to call the police. Chiclana fled again.

Police arrested Chiclana around 5:20 p.m. after they found a group of women assaulting her. "You need to get her. She shot my sister," one person in the group told police.

Chiclana was charged with first-degree manslaughter, carrying a pistol without a permit and illegal discharge.

According to court documents, Chiclana showed no emotion or remorse and smiled, laughed and joked during the entire interview with detectives. When police asked her if she understood the severity of the victim's injuries, Chiclana reportedly responded: "She's dead, right?"

At trial, Chiclana was acquitted of manslaughter in the first degree with a firearm, but convicted of the lesser-included offense of second-degree reckless manslaughter with a firearm. The jury also convicted her of carrying a pistol without a permit.

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