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Jurors See Video Showing Graham's Van Intact Day Before Tashauna Jackson Vanished

Jurors hearing the state’s murder case against Robert Graham of Hartford viewed a video Thursday that shows the interior of Graham’s Honda minivan intact.

The video, found on Graham’s phone, was recorded about 4 a.m. Aug. 10, 2015, a day before Tashauna Jackson, 23, vanished.

The state charges that Graham, 61, killed Jackson inside that same minivan. Investigators found blood droplets and spatter in the van that DNA analysis showed came from Jackson.

When Hartford police found Graham’s Honda, the upholstery on the rear bench seat had been ripped out. Investigators did find a small piece of upholstery from the bench seat that was soaked with blood that belonged to Jackson. Graham told police he took the seat out because a dog had chewed it.

Jackson was last seen alive the evening of Aug. 11, 2015, with Graham. Her badly decomposed body was found Aug. 18, 2015, behind a Bloomfield live poultry shop. The state entomologist testified earlier in the trial that maggots found on Jackson’s body indicated she was dumped behind the store on Aug. 12, 2015.

The video jurors viewed also showed a floor mat on the van floor in front of the rear bench seat. When detectives recovered the van, the floor mat was gone, according to testimony.

Jurors also viewed video of Graham at a Citgo station on Blue Hills Avenue in Bloomfield, not far from where Jackson’s body was found, during the early morning hours of Aug. 12, 2015. But the Bloomfield detective who testified about the video acknowledged under cross examination that Graham is a frequent customer of the gas station and lives less than a mile away.

The state is expected to rest its case Thursday. Any defense case will be presented Friday and closing arguments are expected Monday.

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