Mother of murdered teen speaks after suspect’s arraignment


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Lisa Craggett sat inside a New Haven courtroom Tuesday, watching as the man accused of killing her 15-year-old son was arraigned.

“It’s hard, very hard, to look at the man who killed your son walk past you,” Craggett said after the arraignment.

Lamont Edwards
Lamont Edwards

Lamont “Duce” Edwards, 37, was formally arrested and charged last week with the August 2014 murder in New Haven’s Hill neighborhood. Craggett’s brother and another man were injured inside a vehicle at the intersection of Vernon Street and Davenport Avenue. Jacob Craggett, 15, was killed by the hail of gunfire. He was the cousin of a New Haven police detective.

“We take these cases very personally,” said New Haven Police Lt. Tony Reyes. “This touched us close to home because it affected one of our own.”

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Edwards was already behind bars on an unrelated charge. He has a long criminal history dating back almost 20 years, including 15 prior convictions, several for assault.

“I want justice for my son. Justice for my son who was shot five times. Justice for my nephew who was horrified in that car,” Mrs. Craggett said.

Bond was set for Edwards at $2 million. Craggett’s mother says that the accused killer is somebody who she’s known for a long time, and she believes he’s feeling remorse.

“He knows us. He’s known us for years. He’s being tormented right now,” Craggett said.

New Haven police expect to make more arrests in this case.

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