A Norwich man charged with first-degree murder in the death of an 11-year old girl allegedly killed the girl while raping her.

36-year old James Brower is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Jacelyn O'Connor of Morris.

According to WBNG.com, Chenango County District Attorney Joseph McBride says Brower killed the girl by smothering her as he was raping her.

McBride says victim was the half sibling of the defendants two sons.

Brower was in Norwich Town Court on Thursday, where he pleaded not guilty.

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