Second suspect arrested in Craigslist killing

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)–A second suspect is now under arrest in the “Craigslist Killing” that took place in Hartford last May.

20-year-old Marvin Mathis, the man who police believe pulled the trigger last May, taking the life of Felix De-Jesus, was arraigned in Hartford Superior Court Tuesday.

Authorities say Mathis and 22-year-old Rashad Moon were trying to steal two tablets that the victim had advertised on Craigslist, at the time of the killing.

Moon was arraigned on June 18th, but police said they couldn’t question Marvin Mathis because of his mental capacity.

“It was a very difficult case. We had some steps we had to take and some steps we had to work through,” said Brian Foley of the Hartford police department.

Mathis’s attorney reminded the judge of his mental issues that include a history of schizophrenia, psychomotor retardation. His mental state has allowed him to walk as a free man for more than a year, even though court affidavits from Rashad Moon’s arraignment for the murder of DeJesus clearly identifies Mathis as the shooter.

In the court affidavit, Moon claims he gave a Mathis a gun to hold while the two would rob DeJesus for two tablets he was selling on Craig’s list. However, Moon says he never planned on killing him.

Now, both Mathis and Moon face charges that include felony murder, robbery and conspiracy.

Mathis is being held on a $750,000 bond and is due back in court August 12th.

Until then, the judge said he would continue to evaluate his competency and mental state.

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