Court documents released in Southington fatal fire

SOUTHINGTON, Conn. (WTNH)–Unselaed court documents confirmed Monday that 19-year old Kristen Milano of Southington was killed when a fire cracker was tossed into her bedroom window.

The incident happened in her apartment on Darling Avenue. In the court documents, 18-year old Eric Morelli admitted to having about three to five beers and a shot of vodka at a house party, where he was with Kristen Morelli’s brother Jason earlier that evening.

They wanted the party to continue later at Jason’s, but instead, there was a deadly prank.

When Morelli showed up to his friend Jason Milano’s Southington apartment in the early morning hours on June 22nd, he wanted to wake him up, but it wasn’t working. He knew Jason would be downstairs on the couch.

Morelli told police he noticed the upstairs window was open, but there was a screen covering the window. So he threw poppers up at the window.

“The first two poppers bounced off the window and and landed on the ground,” Morelli said in the court documents. When he “threw the third popper, it traveled through the open window.”

News 8 has spoken with Milano’s father several times. He has wanted to know, “did Morelli take off knowing he started a fire?.”

A witness quoted in the court papers say they heard a young man yelling for Jay, followed by the sound of fireworks, then about three to four minutes later, he sped off on a scooter. Two minutes later, the witness heard the fire alarm go off.

Jason, his aunt, and their dog, made it out safe.

Sadly, Jason’s 19 year-old sister, Kristen was sleeping upstairs. No one knew she was even in the home that night.

When Morelli was interviewed by police, he’s quoted as saying, “I feel like an [expletive]. What if they died?” “It was stupid for doing that.”

Police said when Morelli was made aware that Kristen was killed, he and his mother were visibly upset and crying.

Morelli is facing first degree manslaughter charges.

If the the family decides to go through with a civil lawsuit, their attorney said it will happen within the year.

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