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2nd man charged in rape, slaying of upstate NY girl, 11

State police say 34-year-old Tobias Rundstrom-Wooding, of Norwich, was charged with first-degree murder in the slaying of Jacelyn O'Connor. (Photo: NYSP)

NORWICH, N.Y. (AP) -- Authorities say they've charged a second man in the killing of an 11-year-old girl at a rural upstate New York home last month.

Police say 34-year-old Tobias Rundstrom-Wooding and 36-year-old James Brower have been charged with first-degree murder in the slaying of Jacelyn O'Connor. Police were called to their Norwich home July 30 for a report of a girl in cardiac arrest and found the child dead.

Chenango County District Attorney Joseph McBride said Jacelyn was smothered during a rape attempt. He said she was the half sister of Brower's sons and had been staying at the home.

Brower was charged with first-degree murder. Police say he smothered the girl while raping her. His lawyer, Scott Clippinger, said Rundstrom-Wooding "intends to fight this to the end."

Both remain jailed pending a felony hearing Tuesday.

AP-WF-08-07-17 1911GMT

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