Christopher Plaskon due in court Friday

File Photo: Christopher Plaskon, 17, is pictured here at an earlier court appearance. Left to right are attorney Edward Gavin, Plaskon's uncle and guardian Paul Healy, Christopher Plaskon and attortney Richard Meehan, Jr. (Photo by Arnold Gold/New Haven Register)

File Photo: Christopher Plaskon, 17, is pictured here at an earlier court appearance. Left to right are attorney Edward Gavin, Plaskon’s uncle and guardian Paul Healy, Christopher Plaskon and attortney Richard Meehan, Jr. (Photo by Arnold Gold/New Haven Register)

Christopher Plaskon, the 17-year-old Milford boy accused of killing classmate Maren Sanchez at Jonathan Law High School last April, is due in court tomorrow for what his lawyer called a “status conference.”

Plaskon was last in court in October, as psychiatric evaluations were about to begin.

Tomorrow’s appearance is the continuation of pre-trial hearings. The hearings are part of a long process as the lawyers and prosecutor in the case gather information and return for status reports.

Plaskon’s attorney, Richard Meehan, said in October that a board certified child and adult psychiatrist was getting set to interview Plaskon. The psychiatrist was also going to interview Plaskon’s family and others who know him to compile a report about his mental health.

Plaskon is being held at the Manson Youth Institute in Cheshire on $3 million bond.

Plaskon has pled not guilty to a charge of murder, and his lawyers have said they expect the plea will be based on one of three forms of an insanity plea, based on Plaskon’s mental status.

The case will be presented to a three-judge panel, rather than a traditional jury, because Plaskon’s lawyers said they think judges will be better equipped to understand issues surrounding mental illness.

Sources say that Plaskon stabbed Maren in a stairwell at Jonathan Law on the morning of April 25 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 her death was ruled a homicide.

Anthony Bonadies, the attorney representing Maren’s father, spoke to reporters after the brief court appearance in October and issued a statement that he prepared with Maren’s father, Jose Sanchez.

“Maren Sanchez stands for everything good in our society, kind, generous, a beautiful young adult with endless promise,” the statement read. “When we lose someone like her we all suffer. I’m here again today to make sure the justice system works for the families of people like her. We will continue to participate in the process and will not fade away.”

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