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Longtime 'Courant' Reporter Charged with Murder

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Longtime 'Courant' Reporter Charged with Murder

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A Hartford man who suffered an apparent heart attack after shooting someone originally identified as an intruder by police, now faces murder charges.

J. Gregory Robertson, 64, was actually arguing with a third man Thursday, when Ralph Colon, 56, stepped between them, police said.

[Robertson used the byline J. Greg Robertson for more than 20 years for The Hartford Courant until the early 1980s.]

Police said that Robertson was inside his apartment, and that the other two men were standing outside on a porch when Robertson and the other man argued through the open door.

Robertson pulled a handgun, and Colon stepped between the two men, police said. Colon was shot twice in the stomach and died at Hartford Hospital.

Robertson was being questioned by police when he collapsed and was taken to St. Francis Hospital. He will be arrested once he is released, police said. He is a former reporter and editor for the Courant and served as press secretary to former Mayor Carrie Saxon Perry.

An excerpt from a Courant report today follows.*

Two people told police they saw James G. Robertson shoot Ralph Colon on a fire escape of Robertson's South End building, according to court documents released Monday. …

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