Prosecution rests in fatal drug robbery case

NORWICH – The prosecution brought its case against James F. Bush to close Thursday afternoon after calling 15 witnesses, including the victim of the drug robbery who shot and killed the Bush’s alleged co-conspirator.

Bush, 46, of Burdick Medbury Road in the Town of Norwich, faces 25 years to life if convicted of any of the top charges against him, including first degree burglary and first degree robbery.

He is accused of participating in the 2007 fatal robbery attempt by conspiring with Joshua Richheimer in planning the attack, owning and providing the sawed-off shotgun used in the alleged crime and driving the two to the home of the marijuana dealer with the intent to steal several hundred dollars in cash and several pounds of marijuana.

First Assistant District Attorney Stephen M. Dunshee told the jury Bush and Richheimer planned the robbery together and that the two got “dressed up for crime” at Bush’s residence. He claimed Richheimer put on camouflage pants, dark clothes and nylon gloves, leaving his jacket at Bush’s home where it was later discovered by deputies.

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