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New information revealed in Jacelyn O'Connor murder case

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NORWICH, N.Y. (WBNG) -- Pretrial hearings for two men charged in connection to the rape and murder of an 11-year-old girl lasted nearly four hours on Monday. There are still unanswered questions regarding the alleged crime, but we have learned more about the two men and what they may have said after being arrested. 

Two important statements

Several members of New York State Police and the Chenango County Sheriff's Office testified on Monday. Much of the testimony has already been reported on, but there were two alleged statements that could have a significant impact on this case. 

A New York State Trooper testified Monday that while transporting James Brower after he was arrested, Brower said to her "Please, just kill me." It was just Brower and the Trooper at the time of the alleged statement. 

A State Police Investigator testified Monday that before his arraignment back in August, Tobias Rundstrom-Wooding said out loud "I am not going to plead 'not guilty.' It was wrong what I did."

The Investigator says it was just he and Rundstrom-Wooding in the room at the time. The door was open. 

Emotions ran high:

Throughout his nearly two hour hearing, James Brower was seen holding back emotion and even crying during testimony. Brower visibly broke down as a trooper explained the moment when she found Jacelyn O'Connor's body. The trooper said Brower told her just moments before "I don't know how this could have happened."

Rundstrom-Wooding for the most part was emotionless during his nearly two hour hearing. He did not show any of the visible emotions Brower displayed. 

New Testimony: 

Much of the testimony on Monday was the same from a different hearing back in August, but there were parts new to the public. 

NYSP Investigator Jamieson Tefft testified in both hearings. Tefft responded to the call on July 30.

Tefft described the injuries to Jacelyn. He said they indicated a sexual assault had occurred. He described seeing blood on the bed, floor and on her body. He described her face as being "purple."

Tefft also testified that Tobias told him Brower was in the room where Jacelyn was and he could hear him hitting her the night of the alleged rape and murder. 

Chenango Sheriff's Deputy Ronald Swislosky spoke with Rundstrom-Wooding the morning O'Connor's body was found. Swislosky says Rundstrom-Wooding told him that Jacelyn usually slept on the smaller couch in the living room, but she got cold so he told her to in one of the bedrooms.  Rundstrom-Wooding then told Swislosky he slept until 10:30 a.m. the following morning, a slightly different statement from what he told Tefft.

There was some testimony that the media and public were not allowed to sit in on. While State Police Investigator Craig Stark was explaining his actions while transporting Brower the day of the alleged rape and murder, Chenango County District Attorney Joseph McBride asked the media and family to leave the courtroom. Stark was explaining that Brower seemed very concerned about a pair of boxer shorts at his home and that there was D.N.A. on them. The media and other members of the public were asked to leave shortly after that statement was made. 

"I would like to give the reason behind this testimony outside of the press," McBride said. 

An explanation as to why this decision was made was not given. 

What happens next?: 

Chenango County Court Judge Frank Revoir will review all of the evidence that was presented Monday and will determine if it is enough to go to trial. This is a normal court proceeding. A decision will be made in the coming weeks. McBride and both defense attorney's did not want to speak with the media after the hearings were over.
It is unclear if both men will be tried together or separately. 



NORWICH, N.Y. (WBNG) -- During pretrial hearings for both Tobias Rundstrom-Wooding and James Brower Monday, we learned more about their alleged crimes and the interviews with police that followed.

Both men made statements to New York State Police that could have a huge impact on this case.

A trooper testified that Brower said "please just kill me," as he was getting ready to be taken to jail.

An investigator told the court that Rundstrom-Wooding said, "It was wrong what I did."

None of the attorneys decided to comment after the proceedings Monday.

In a couple of weeks, we will know more about trial dates going forward.



NORWICH, N.Y. (WBNG) -- A pretrial hearing is taking place Monday in Chenango County Court for the two men charged in the murder of 11-year-old Jacelyn O'Connor.

The hearing pretrial he is an opportunity for both sides --  the prosecution and the defense -- to work out any complications before a trial date is set.

During the court procedure, which was scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m., we'll learn more about the alleged crimes against Tobias Rundstrom Wooding and James Brower.

Both men are accused of acting together to rape and murder Jacelyn O'Connor in August 2017.

Both men will be in court at the same time. This would be the first time they have appeared together since being arrested.

Although they are appearing together for the pretrial hearing, that does not necessarily mean they will go to trial together. Chenango County District Attorney Joe McBride said there has yet to be a determination as to if they will be tried together or separately.

Tune in to 12 News at 5, 5:30 and 6 p.m. for reports from Norwich. We'll explain what happened during court Monday and what will happen next.

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