PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The trial of a parolee accused of stabbing his girlfriend to death in East Providence got underway Wednesday.
Andrew Jett served two decades in prison for murdering another girlfriend and was out on parole at the time of Michelle Busby’s killing.
Busby, 50, was found dead inside her Metacomet Avenue home in Aug. 2012, having been stabbed more than a dozen times.
Jett was arrested a week later in Baltimore and charged with the murder. Prosecutors said he was allegedly driving Busby’s car at the time.
“We’ll show you how all the evidence points in only one direction: it points to him,” Special Asst. Attorney General Kimberly Ahern told the jury.
The first witness on the stand was Busby’s upstairs neighbor, who said she called a relative after she hadn’t seen Busby in days and noticed her mail was piling up.
“I said I heard the dog, if anything we need to call the police to get the dog out,” Angela Thompson recalled. “And I kind of said…and a body check.”
Jett’s defense team argues that police focused on him because of his criminal history, not because there was evidence he committed the murder.
“He sits here because of prejudice, not evidence,” said attorney Philip Vicini. “Targeted because he was on parole.”
Vicini claimed Jett would never kill his “best friend.”
“Andrew had no reason to commit this tragic and heinous act,” he said.
Prosecutors said they have DNA evidence tying Jett to the murder. They also said he violated the terms of his parole by leaving the state.
Jett was convicted in 1992 of killing his then-girlfriend and was released from prison in 2010.