Milford school stabbing suspect faces judge

MILFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Chris Plaskon, the suspect charged with stabbing a fellow student at Jonathan Law High School in Milford a week ago, made his first court appearance Friday.

A probable cause hearing was set for June 4.

Chris Plaskon in Milford Superior Court, may 2, 2014.
Chris Plaskon in Milford Superior Court, may 2, 2014.

Plaskon’s attorney told the court his client shows signs of an active psychosis.

“I just want to reiterate that we had requested certain things from the court with regards to his psychiatric status,” attorney Richard Meehan told the court during Friday’s appearance. “He was released this morning from the emergency commitment.”

Plaskon remains on a suicide watch, and has been transferred to the Manson Youth Institution in Cheshire, where he’s being held on a $3 million bond.

“Manson Youth is a facility by the Department of Correction for people between the ages of 14 and 21,” attorney Ed Gavin said outside of court, “so Christopher is in the right place, and of course he will have to be in a medical facility there so he will be detained there during this during the entire pretrial process.”

Plaskon’s family remains in seclusion, his attorney said in court. Plaskon’s uncle, Paul Healy, is acting as his guardian.

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MILFORD, Conn. (AP) — A teenager charged in the fatal stabbing of a Connecticut high school student is expected to make his first public court appearance.

The 16-year-old defendant, Christopher Plaskon, is due Friday in Milford Superior Court. Plaskon has been charged with murder in the slaying of Maren Sanchez, a friend who was killed last week in a hallway at Jonathan Law High School in Milford.

Police have been investigating whether the attack was related to Sanchez’s refusal to be Plaskon’s prom date.

A wake for Sanchez Thursday drew a large turnout.

Plaskon was arraigned Tuesday at a medical facility, where his attorneys say he’s been undergoing psychiatric evaluation.

Plaskon’s family said Tuesday it joins the community in mourning the loss of life as it struggles to understand what led to the crime.

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