The Connecticut teen accused of fatally stabbing Fairfield Prep scholar James McGrath appeared in courtroom Thursday – as his father reportedly apologized for the slaying.
Raul Valle, 16, of Milford, appeared in Derby Superior Court early Thursday on fees of homicide and first-degree assault in Saturday’s stabbing that left McGrath, 17, useless exterior a home party in Shelton, the Hartford Courant reported.
“I’m sorry,” Valle’s father, additionally named Raul Valle, mentioned quietly as he left the courthouse along with his head beneath a swimsuit jacket, in response to the report. “I’m sorry to the family.”
Thursday’s listening to was closed to the general public, however courtroom paperwork within the case have been unsealed after his case was transferred to grownup courtroom. His lawyer, Jake Donovan, additionally recognized him following the continuing, video reveals.
“Obviously, this is an unspeakable tragedy for everyone involved,” Donovan instructed reporters. “It would be irresponsible for me to make any comment before I had a chance to examine all the evidence in the case.”
Valle, who’s being held on $2 million bond, was charged as a juvenile on Wednesday. He’s subsequent set to seem in courtroom in Milford on June 7, Donovan mentioned.
An post-mortem decided McGrath was stabbed as soon as within the chest throughout the combat exterior a Shelton house the place responding cops discovered 4 teenagers wounded altogether. The knife had pierced McGrath’s coronary heart, in response to a warrant obtained by the Courant.
McGrath’s father instructed The Post Wednesday he was happy cops made an arrest within the lethal stabbing throughout what had been a “friendly get-together” amongst teenagers. The three different wounded teenagers survived.
“We’re happy that an arrest was made,” McGrath mentioned. “The investigation is still ongoing and Shelton police have been just extremely supportive and helpful to get us closer to closure.”
Kevin McGrath mentioned he couldn’t communicate Thursday whereas finalizing a photograph slideshow for a walk-through visitation beginning at 4 p.m. on the Egan Chapel of Saint Ignatius of Loyola at Fairfield University. He beforehand declined to debate particulars of what led as much as his son’s loss of life.
McGrath, a “positive and loving” junior higher referred to as Jimmy, performed lacrosse and soccer at Fairfield College Preparatory School, in response to his obituary. An on-line fundraiser arrange in his reminiscence had eclipsed $122,000 as of Thursday.
A funeral shall be held for McGrath at St. Theresa Church in Trumbull at 11 a.m. Friday, with a non-public interment to comply with.
McGrath was additionally honored by his former teammates throughout a touching tribute at an away recreation Wednesday versus Shelton High School. The teen’s household, pals and classmates donned his favourite coloration of child blue and wore T-shirts emblazoned along with his No. 7.