Connecticut prom day stabbing suspect due in court

Christopher Plaskon, 16, right, stands with appointed guardian, uncle Paul Healy, during a hearing in his public court appearance at Superior Court Friday, May 2, 2014, in Milford, Conn. Plaskon charged in the fatal stabbing of a fellow student on the day of their high school’s prom is scheduled to appear Wednesday, June 4, in Milford Superior Courfor a hearing on whether there's enough evidence to prosecute him. (AP Photo/New Haven Register, Peter Hvizdak, Pool, File)

MILFORD, Conn. (AP) — A 17-year-old charged in the fatal stabbing of a fellow student on the day of their high school’s prom is due back in court for a hearing on whether there’s enough evidence to prosecute him.

Christopher Plaskon is scheduled to appear Wednesday in Milford Superior Court for the probable cause hearing. His attorney, Richard Meehan, declined to comment on whether Plaskon will go forward with the hearing. Probable cause hearings are required within 60 days of the filing of charges, unless the accused waives the time or the court grants an extension.

Plaskon is charged with murder in the death of Maren Sanchez, a friend who was stabbed in a hallway at Jonathan Law High School in Milford. The attack occurred hours before the school’s junior prom, and police have been investigating whether it was related to Sanchez’s refusal to be Plaskon’s date.

Plaskon, who turned 17 last week, is being held on $3 million bond at Manson Youth Institution in Cheshire, where he was placed at a hospital under suicide watch.

Meehan said last month that Plaskon was showing signs of an active psychosis. Meehan did not provide details of Plaskon’s condition, but he did say the boy understands he’s charged with murder and that Meehan is his attorney.

“I do believe he’s sick,” Meehan said, noting Plaskon had been under an emergency commitment and will continue to receive psychiatric care.

Plaskon, who is being prosecuted as an adult, faces up to 60 years in prison with a mandatory minimum of 25 years if found guilty of murder.

A witness saw Plaskon on top of Sanchez during the attack and tried unsuccessfully to pull him away, and another saw him discard a bloody knife, according to a police affidavit.

Plaskon, his clothes bloody, was taken to the principal’s office, where an officer arrived and asked what happened. “I did it. Just arrest me,” Plaskon replied, according to the officer.

Sanchez was a member of the National Honor Society who was active in drama and other school activities.


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