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Jury pick could begin in March for Norwalk domestic homicide

January 19, 2018 GMT

STAMFORD-Without acceptance of a plea agreement in the domestic murder of Jacalyn Sliverman in 2014, jury selection for the longtime boyfriend accused of strangling her to death, Bertony Thoimpson, could begin in early March.

At the end of a brief hearing hearing Thursday at the Stamford courthouse before Judge John Blawie, who is slated to preside over the jury trial, Thompson was scheduled to return to court on March 6.

Thompson’s defense attorney Alan Williams said a 28-year jail offer made to Thompson if he would agree to plead guilty to murder will not be accepted. Williams said Thompson, 48, did not think that he would be able to survive the sentence alive and in that case has decided to fight the murder charge.

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Thompson, who before his arrest had no criminal record or domestic cases against Silverman, 62, was found in the couple’s Dreamy Hollow apartment in Norwalk on Sept. 10, 2014 in the late evening by firefighters who forced the door of the residence after a call for service was made by a relative of Thompson’s.

Silverman was found dead on the bed and Thompson was lying next to her, unresponsive.

The affidavit said scratches and bruises were seen on Silverman’s neck, but no signs of a struggle in the bedroom. Detectives also found what appeared to be scratches on Thompson’s neck.

The state Office of the Chief Medical Examiner determined that Silverman died of neck compression and her death was a homicide.

Williams said Thompson has no recollection of what happened, and acknowledges that a jury may find that Silverman died at Thompson’s hand.

“However, the question is whether or not that was done with intent, knowingly and whether or not he was even remotely aware of what was going on because of some medical issues this man has,” Williams said. “Our position is, he did not commit an act intentionally.”

Thompson remains behind bars at the Northern Correctional Institution in Somers unable to post a $1 million court appearance bond.

jnickerson@stamfordadvocate.com