Connecticut teen accused stabbing classmate due in court

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Posted: Jun 04, 2014 8:44 AM

By Richard Weizel

MILFORD Conn. (Reuters) - A Connecticut high-school student accused of stabbing to death a 16-year-old female classmate hours before their junior prom in late April is due in court on Wednesday for a hearing on whether there is enough evidence to move forward with his case.

Christopher Plaskon, 16 at the time of the alleged attack, but now 17, is accused of stabbing Maren Sanchez, 16, a fellow junior at Jonathan Law High School, in her neck, chest and face with a kitchen knife on April 25.

He will be tried as an adult.

Police say they are still investigating whether Plaskon killed Sanchez, the junior class president and national Honor Society student, after reports she rebuffed his invitation for a date to the junior prom, which was scheduled just hours later.

One witness said he saw Plaskon on top of Sanchez and tried to pull him away, while another said Plaskon discarded a bloody knife onto the floor near the attack on a school staircase, according to police reports. The state medial examiner's office indicated Sanchez suffered stab wounds to her body and chest.

Taken into custody at the school and covered in blood, Plaskon told the arresting officer: "I did it. Just arrest me," according to court documents.

Plaskon is "exhibiting signs of active psychosis," his attorney, Richard Meehan said following Plaskon's May arraignment, where he did not speak. "He is sick and needs continued treatment but understands what he did and the charges against him."

Superior Court Judge Frank Iannotti last month ordered Plaskon held on $3 million bail and transferred from an undisclosed psychiatric facility to a high-security youth facility in Cheshire. He agreed with defense attorneys that the teenager be placed on a 24-hour suicide watch.

Milford is a suburban seashore city of 50,000, located between Bridgeport and New Haven.

(Editing by Scott Malone and Susan Heavey)