Prosecutors: Co-defendant in murder case was trying to protect his partner

NORWICH – Two Norwich men were indicted Wednesday by a Chenango County grand jury and are facing several felony charges relating to the murder and rape of an 11-year-old Morris girl.

According to the indictment, 36-year-old James S. Brower, and his partner of 13 years, 34-year-old Tobias Rundstrom-Wooding, murdered 11-year-old Jacelyn O’Connor in the early morning hours of July 30, shortly after she had been allegedly raped by Rundstrom-Wooding.

At a previous court hearing Chenango County prosecutors initially accused Brower of strangling O’Connor to death while committing rape, but Wednesday’s indictments indicated a different version of the crime, with Rundstrom-Wooding being the only defendant indicted for first-degree murder and two counts of rape.

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