Son to officers: “I killed her”

Timothy Granata (Police photo)

DERBY, Conn. (WTNH) — Timothy Granata was seen sobbing in court after he was arrested for killing his mother. Police say mother of four, 58-year-old Claudia Granata, was murdered inside her Orange home on Wild Rose Drive Thursday afternoon. The medical examiner ruled the death a homicide.

Orange Police Chief Robert Gagne said,”The injuries were to the head, neck torso and extremities.”

Police also say there were numerous 911 calls moments after the murder. “There were multiple 911 calls from family members, one of them we do believe to be the suspect,” Gagne said. Police found Granata near the home carrying a cell phone and bible.

Officers say Granata told them, “I killed her, I stabbed her,” Gagne said. “He did admit to the killing when the officers encountered him. He indicated that he had stabbed her and there was some blood on his clothing.”

Granata’s attorney, Charles Tiernan, talked to the media outside Derby Superior Court, saying his client has a mental health history. “There is a psychological history that we certainly need to explore.” Also, the judge ordered Granata to receive medical treatment between now and his next court appearance. He is expected back in court Aug. 5, and is being held on a $2 million bond.

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