MILFORD, Conn. (PIX11/AP) — A 16-year-old boy accused of stabbing his classmate to death in the hallway of their Connecticut high school made his first public court appearance Friday.
Wearing a blue zip-up hoodie and flanked by lawyers, Christopher Plaskon said nothing when he appeared before a judge who became visibly emotional when he called the court to order, his voice quavering and his eyes watering.
Plaskon has been charged with murder in the slaying of 16-year-old Maren Sanchez, a peer who was killed last week at Jonathan Law High School in Milford.
Police have been investigating whether the April 25 attack was related to Sanchez’s refusal to be Plaskon’s prom date.
Plaskon’s lawyer Richard Meehan said the teen will be transferred to Manson Youth Institute in Chesire, Conn., and placed under suicide watch.
The attorney said his client is showing active signs of psychosis.
An emotional vigil for Sanchez on Monday and a wake Thursday drew large turnouts for the former class president and swim team manager who was remembered a creative, caring soul.
Plaskon was arraigned Tuesday at a medical facility, where his attorneys say he’s been undergoing psychiatric evaluation.
Plaskon’s family said Tuesday it joins the community in mourning the loss of life as it struggles to understand what led to the crime.
Plaskon will not entire a plea until after a probably cause hearing, which is scheduled for June 4.