Student to be arraigned in prom day slaying
Published 9:58 am Monday, April 28, 2014
HARTFORD, Conn. — A 16-year-old student faces arraignment on murder charges in the stabbing death of a classmate at their high school on the day of the junior prom.
Police haven’t released the suspect’s name, but people who saw him taken into custody identified him as Chris Plaskon, a friend of the victim, 16-year-old Maren Sanchez.
Plaskon’s attorney, Richard Meehan, says his client is being held in a hospital under psychiatric evaluation and will not appear at his arraignment, scheduled for Monday in New Haven.
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Plaskon is charged as a juvenile but Meehan has said he expects him to eventually be charged as an adult.
The stabbing occurred Friday morning at Jonathan Law High School in Milford, hours before the school’s prom, and authorities are investigating whether Sanchez was stabbed after turning down the boy’s invitation to the dance.
Connecticut’s chief medical examiner said Sunday that Sanchez died of wounds to her torso and neck.
Milford Alderwoman Greta Stanford said the school would remain closed Monday. A memorial service is scheduled for 7 p.m. on the school’s football field. Organizers are seeking donations so the junior class can buy a memorial bench in Sanchez’s honor.
Mark Robinson, a technical education teacher who saw the suspect being taken out of the school in handcuffs, said Plaskon is the third of five brothers and has a good sense of humor. His family has deep roots in the community, Robinson said.