Jury deliberations underway in trial for man accused of killing Meriden native Loredana Nesci

Jury deliberations underway in trial for man accused of killing Meriden native Loredana Nesci


Jury deliberations are underway in the trial of Robert Reagan, who is accused of murdering Meriden native Loredana Nesci two years ago in California.

Nesci, 47, was found stabbed to death in her Redondo Beach, California home in July 2015. Her boyfriend Reagan is facing one count of murder with a knife.

Jury deliberations began Thursday, according to Sarah Ardalani, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. If convicted, Reagan faces 26 years to life in state prison.

In his testimony last week, Reagan told jurors Nesci threatened him with a knife and died when she fell onto it during a struggle, according to The Daily Breeze.

Reagan testified he attempted to perform CPR on Nesci before experiencing an emotional breakdown. He called 911 hours later, The Daily Breeze reported.

“I kind of lost it. I became very emotional,” Reagan said. “I was screaming, ‘No!’ and I was shaking her. I punched on her chest and I tried to blow in her mouth. ... She was dead.”

Shepard Kopp, Reagan’s attorney, declined to comment on the trial Friday.

After his sister’s death, former Meriden police Lt. Sal Nesci took custody of her then 5-year-old son, Rocco.

“You can never escape the thought of what happened that day,” he previously said. “When you get up in the morning, you get him ready to go to school, what’s the first thing you think about?”

Loredana Nesci graduated from Platt High School in 1986 and earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Connecticut. In 1996, she moved to California and joined the Los Angeles Police Department.

She returned to Connecticut in 1998 and enrolled at the Quinnipiac University School of Law. She graduated in 2002 and joined Cadden, Ivers & Ivers law firm in Meriden, where she handled workers’ compensation cases, personal injury and family law cases.

She moved back to California in 2004 to start her own law practice. Nesci later starred in the reality television series, “Loredana, Esq.” which premiered in March 2014 on the Sundance TV channel.

Meriden Police Detective Sgt. Rob Nesci previously said his sister was an inspiration to many, “a prime example of brains and beauty” who set high standards for herself. She was the older sister who always had the back of her younger brothers.

He recalled visiting his sister in California, and a conversation they had while driving through Beverly Hills. She looked him straight in the eyes and said that someday, “she would make it big,” he said. “I can submit today that she was well on her way.”

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