Arrest warrant signed for man who allegedly strangled New Haven woman to death in 2017

New Haven

An arrest warrant has been signed for a man who police said strangled a New Haven woman to death back in 2017.

According to officials, on Tuesday, the warrant was signed for 58-year-old John Henry Smith Jr. for the murder of Sherri Ruffin.

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On May 4th, 2017, Ruffin was found dead in her home on Jennings Way.

Police said she was strangled then found bound and gagged.

An autopsy confirmed that she died of compression to the neck.

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Smith Jr.’s warrant charges are felony murder and strangulation in the first degree.

He is currently incarcerated on an unrelated case.

Ruffin was the daughter of the late Connecticut Department of Correction warden Carl Robinson.

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