CT's First Suspect On Trial Since Pandemic's Start Found Guilty In Fairfield County Murder Case

A Fairfield County woman was convicted of conspiring with two men to kill her husband in the first criminal trial held in Connecticut since 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

<p>Larise King</p>

Larise King

Photo Credit: Bridgeport Police

In a two-to-one decision, a three-judge panel convicted 36-year-old Larise King of accessory to commit murder and conspiracy to commit murder following the fatal shooting of her husband Dathan “Daedae” Gray in Bridgeport in 2019.

Gray who was 32-year-old at the time of his murder, was found lying in the street near the intersection of Newfield Avenue and revere Street on July 27, 2019. He had been shot more than a dozen times, including multiple headshots.

It was alleged that two acquaintances of King were the shooters and were called by King after she had gotten into an argument with Gray. The two suspected murderers have not been apprehended.

According to reports, all three judges agreed on the facts, but one thought King should be convicted of lesser charges including manslaughter and conspiracy to commit assault.

The criminal trial was the first in Connecticut since March 2020 as courts shut down and transitioned to virtual hearings during the pandemic. King’s lawyer had previously said that she sought a three-judge panel ruling rather than waiting until jury trials resume later this year.

When she is sentenced on Wednesday, June 30, King will face up to 85 years in prison.

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