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Man convicted in killings of 2 women charged with 2 more

Posted September 19

— A prison inmate convicted in the killings of two women was charged on Monday in the deaths of two more.

Robert White was arraigned Monday in Hartford, prosecutors said. It was unclear whether he entered a plea or whether he had a lawyer.

White, who's 56 years old and used to live in Hartford, is serving a 50-year prison sentence for murder in the death of Sawarie Krichindath, who was found slain in her Hartford apartment on March 16, 2013. In 1980, White was convicted of manslaughter in the beating death of Betty Robertson, also in Hartford.

Now, White is charged with murder in the Hartford killings of Shiraleen Crawford in 1997 and Sonia Rivera in 2012. At the times of their slayings, the Hartford Courant reported they were prostitutes.

White, who couldn't be reached for comment by telephone while in state custody, is a registered sex offender with a "pattern of violence against women, often including violent sexual encounters," according to arrest warrant affidavits.

Crawford was found dead in her apartment in August 1997. An autopsy determined she died from blunt trauma to her head. She also suffered stab wounds to the head, chest and neck.

Rivera was found beaten to death with a brick in an alley in September 2012.

In 2014, authorities charged Hartford resident Denzel Nurse in Rivera's slaying, but a Superior Court judge dismissed the charge in May after prosecutors acknowledged DNA evidence did not prove Nurse committed the crime. At the time, prosecutors said they had evidence linking someone else to the crime.

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