A Connecticut teen accused of stabbing his classmate to death at a Milford high school, hours before the prom, will enter a plea during a probable cause hearing on Wednesday, police said.
Christopher Plaskon, 17, is accused of fatally stabbing Maren Sanchez, also 16, inside Jonathan Law High School last month in an attack some students said might have been motivated by anger that she would not go to the prom with him.
Plaskon has been charged with murder.
During a court appearance in Many, attorney Richard Meehan said Plaskon's parents wanted to be in court with their son, but he recommended that they stay in seclusion for the court appearance and the teen's uncle was there instead.
"The Plaskons are a very large family, there's a very large extended family here. They have a great deal of community support here. All of their hearts are broken," Meehan said.
The Plaskons are expected to be at a probable cause hearing set for June, the attorney said.
The Sanchez family also did not attend the court appearance.
Plaskon is being held at Manson Youth Training Institute, a correctional facility in Cheshire for boys and young men between the ages of 12 and 19.
"He is still under psychiatric care. He was released today from the emergency commitment, but he is on medication. He's being actively treated for that. And, as I indicated on the record to the judge, he is still displaying signs of active psychosis," Meehan said during a news conference after the last court appearance.
Meehan would not comment on his discussions with his client and said any matters of the diagnosis and what it means for the case are medical questions that experts will evaluate.
A probable cause hearing has been set for 10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 4.
Police have said Plaskon was spotted just after the stabbing with blood on his hands and clothing. "I did it. Just arrest me," he told authorities, according to police paperwork released on Tuesday.
Those police documents offered new details of the fatal stabbing and its aftermath.
Police said they recovered a knife in the hallway, not far from where Sanchez was attacked.
One witness reported seeing Plaskon on top of Sanchez and being unable to pull him away from her, according to police. Another witness told police he saw Plaskon throw a bloody knife on a hallway floor shortly after he was removed from the scene.
As a school resource officer was heading to the scene of the attack, he was called to the principal’s office and saw Plaskon, who had blood on his hands and clothing, police said. He asked the teen what happened.
"I did it. Just arrest me," Plaskon said, according to police.
The officer handcuffed Plaskon and then went to the scene of the stabbing, where he found Sanchez in grave condition. Plaskon was taken into police custody, and Sanchez was rushed by ambulance to Bridgeport Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
An autopsy was done and the medical examiner said Sanchez died of stab wounds to the torso and neck. Her death was ruled a homicide.
Plaskon was held in a psychiatric facility after the stabbing, where he was placed on one-on-one suicide watch, which means that he was under constant supervision. He was released from that facility and has been charged as an adult.
Meehan said that Plaskon will continue to receive psychiatric care and medication.
Meehan said Plaskon was placed in the infirmary at the Cheshire institution, receive medication and remain on suicide watch.
Bond has been set at $3 million.
When asked if the trial in this high-profile case could be held here, Kevin Lawlor, State's Attorney for the Judicial District of Ansonia-Milford, said he thinks so.
“I think the law is pretty clear on change of venue,” he said. “In the Internet age, where all of you have this all over the United States in a matter of minutes, in a small state like Connecticut, change of venue really doesn’t amount to a whole heck of a lot.”
When asked about motive, Lawlor said he could not speak to it and the investigation is ongoing.
“Those types of conclusions, I think, will be made further on down the line as we gather all of the facts as the Milford Police Department and other law enforcement agencies find them,” Lawlor said.
Plaskon’s family expressed sympathies for the Sanchez family in a statement released on Tuesday afternoon.
"In prayer we ask for comfort for the Sanchez family and all of us so deeply affected by this tragedy," the Plaskon family said. "We pray for the wisdom to guide us as we desperately try to pull together the shattered pieces of our families. And finally, we pray that time may soften our wounds and reveal forgiveness in the hearts of all."