PROVIDENCE — Andrew Jett, the suspect in the August 2012 murder of city resident Michelle Busby, has a violent history, including past murder charges for an incident in Providence some two decades ago.According to East Providence Police, the last known residence for Mr. Jett, 53, was the same 71 Metacomet Ave. home where Ms. Busby was slain some six months ago.
Wednesday, Feb. 13, Mr. Jett was arraigned in Providence Sixth District Court on a charge of first degree murder and enhanced domestic violence. He remains in custody at the Adult Correctional Institute in Cranston, where he has been housed since being extradited back to Rhode Island from Baltimore, Md., late last summer.
Mr. Jett is alleged to have fled the state for Baltimore in the vehicle owned by Ms. Busby. He turned himself into Baltimore PD about a week after the supposed murder took place, doing so as a parole violator.
East Providence Police detectives traveled to Maryland to continue their investigation. The vehicle was returned to the state as part of their work. EPPD officials were reluctant to offer up any more information about the case at the urging of the Rhode Island Attorney General’s office.
“It is still an on-going investigation. We’re limited on what we can release at this point,” said EPPD Lt. John Sequeira, currently the acting captain of detectives.
According to Rhode Island court records, a “true bill”was penned in April 1993 against Mr. Jett on a Murder I charge for an incident in Providence. The original court filing took place in December of 1992. The website, law.com, defines a true bill as “the written decision of a Grand Jury (signed by the Grand Jury foreperson) that it has heard sufficient evidence from the prosecution to believe that an accused person probably committed a crime and should be indicted. Thus, the indictment is sent to the court.”
In the same record, Mr. Jett offered a plea of NOLO to an amended charge of second degree murder in the case in Jan. 1995. Again according to law.com, NOLO or “nolo contendere” is “Latin for ‘I will not contest’ the charges, which is a plea made by a defendant to a criminal charge, allowing the judge to then find him/her guilty, often called a ‘plea of no contest.’”
Mr. Jett was released on parole in 2010 after having served less than half of a 40-year sentence for the 1992 Providence incident, where he similarly was charged with killing his girlfriend at the time.
Mr. Jett’s jacket also contains two other incidents of malicious destruction of property and simple assault and battery in Providence.