Plaskon due in court Wednesday for probable cause hearing

Christopher Plaskon

(Photo by Peter Hvizdak – New Haven Register) Christopher Plaskon, then 16, of Milford, in his first public court appearance May 2, at the Milford Superior Court. He is standing here with his attorneys, Edward Gavin. left, and Richard Meehan. Plaskon is due in court again this week.

Christopher Plaskon, the Jonathan Law High School student accused of stabbing his classmate Maren Sanchez to death at school April 25, is due in court this week.

Plaskon, who turned 17 in prison, made a brief appearance in Milford Superior Court May 2, when Judge Frank Iannotti scheduled a probable cause hearing for Wednesday, June 4.

According to Plaskon’s attorneys, Plaskon cannot enter a plea on the charge of murder until a probable cause hearing is held.

Following their initial investigation into the stabbing, Milford police filed a probable cause statement with the Milford Superior Court. In that document, police wrote that Plaskon’s hands were bloody when he looked at a school police officer and said, “I did it. Just arrest me.”

Sources say that Plaskon stabbed Maren, whom one local clergy said was his friend, because she was not going to the prom with him.

An autopsy report states that Maren died of stab wounds to the trunk and neck, and the girl’s death was ruled a homicide.

The police department’s probable cause statement also says that a witness saw Plaskon on top of Maren “during the attack/murder and actually unsuccessfully tried to pull him away from the victim.”

Another witness told police he saw Plaskon discard a bloody knife onto a hallway floor shortly after he — the witness — removed Plaskon from the scene. That knife has been recovered.

Plaskon will be tried as an adult. He is currently being held on a $3 million bond at the Manson Youth Institution in Cheshire, which his attorneys Edward Gavin and Richard Meehan described as an “age appropriate” facility, housing 14 to 21-year-olds.

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