Whilst the boy turned up to court in shackles, his victim today was laid to rest. The vicious stabbing murder is said to have come as a result of the boy being declined a prom date.
During the preliminary hearing, Chris Plaskon showed no visible sign of emotion as he stood next to his attorney, Richard Meehan and uncle Paul Healy who has since been appointed his guardian.
The court ordered that Plaskon be transferred to the state’s Manson Youth Institution in Cheshire where Meehan asked that his client be placed at a hospital under suicide watch.
Told the lawyer: ‘I do believe he’s sick,’
‘Obviously what we don’t want to see another tragedy on top of the one that has already taken place here. We want to make sure that this young man is appropriately maintained while we do our job.’
Although not providing intimate details of Plaskon’s condition, he did say that Chris Plaskon was showing signs of psychosis.
Meehan said Plaskon’s parents wanted to attend the hearing, but he recommended against it because he believed it would be too difficult. He said they are in seclusion.
‘All their hearts are broken,‘ Meehan said, referring to Plaskon’s family. ‘I think the word numb is probably the best word I could use to describe what these people are going through.’
Since being arraigned this past Tuesday, State attorney Kevin Lawlor decided that Chris Plaskon will be prosecuted as an adult and not in juvenile court.
Plaskon will not enter a plea until after a probable cause hearing, which is scheduled for June 4.
At present the boy is being held on $3 million bond and faces up to 60 years in jail with a mandatory minimum of 25 years if found guilty of murder.