Ex-boyfriend goes on trial for murder of Connecticut actress

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Posted: Feb 10, 2015 10:26 AM

By Richard Weizel

MILFORD, Connecticut (Reuters) - The former boyfriend of a Connecticut actress killed in her home in 2006 goes on trial for her murder on Tuesday.

Matthew Pugh, 42, is being tried in Superior Court in Milford, in the 2006 killing of Alexandra Ducsay, 26, who had appeared on the television crime drama "Law and Order."

Pugh was arrested in 2012 after an investigation uncovered letters he sent to Ducsay from jail in 2004 threatening to make her life "a living hell" after they had broken up.

Prosecutors say Pugh's cousin also told investigators that Pugh talked about killing Ducsay and covering up her murder, and that a small piece of black vinyl tape found on Ducsay's left cheek matched a roll of tape in Pugh's home.

Pugh, who had been in jail on drugs charges in 2004, has pleaded not guilty and his lawyer said evidence against him is circumstantial. "I am convinced he didn't do it," Pugh's attorney, Paul Carty, said late Thursday.

An autopsy determined the cause of Ducsay's death was blunt force trauma.

According to court documents, Ducsay filed complaints with the state Department of Corrections after receiving Pugh's threatening letter. But the threats continued after Pugh's release from the prison in August 2004.

(Writing by Richard Valdmanis; Editing by Doina Chiacu)