Son accused of killing mother faces judge - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Son accused of killing mother faces judge

Timothy Granata was scheduled to face a judge on Friday, accused of killing his mother. (Orange police photo) Timothy Granata was scheduled to face a judge on Friday, accused of killing his mother. (Orange police photo)
Detectives combed the scene for hours on Thursday. (WFSB photo) Detectives combed the scene for hours on Thursday. (WFSB photo)

A 22-year-old son, who is accused of killing his own mother, had a cell phone and a Bible in his hand when officers arrived at their home in Orange on Thursday afternoon.

Timothy Granata was standing outside his parents' home on Wild Rose Drive around 2 p.m. on Thursday after police believe he called 911.

"He did admit to the killing when officers encountered him, he indicated he stabbed her and there was some blood on his clothing," said Orange Police Chief Robert Gagne.

Investigators found Timothy's mother, 58-year-old Claudia Granata, inside a room and pronounced her dead on the scene. Timothy Granata, who police said did not struggle, was arrested and charged with murder.

For hours, orange police along with the Connecticut State Police Central District Major Crime Squad picked over their home. They said they searched for clues while they investigated the town's first murder in 20 years.

"It's a terrible thing, you can't imagine this in such a small town," T.J. Linta, of Orange, said.

The medical examiner said Claudia Granata was stabbed multiple times in the head, neck, body and extremities.

Police told Eyewitness News they have seized multiple items that could have been used as weapon in Granata homicide. Timothy Granata also had blood on clothes, according to police.

According to investigators, Timothy Granata told police "he did it" and stated "I killed her, I stabbed her." But what's not clear is a motive.

"That's something detectives are working on and these are things we're hoping will come to us in the coming days," Gagne said.

The attorney for Timothy Granata, Charles Tiernan, said he has mental health issues and was hospitalized for it within the past year.

"Your honor to my knowledge he's not. That's not to say he's supposed to be but to my knowledge he's not on any medication," Tiernan said in court on Friday when asked if his client's psychiatric issues are being treated properly.

The suspect's attorney said Timothy Granata's two brothers, sister and their father were devastated and blindsided by the murder.

"It's absolutely destroyed his family. I just can't begin to tell you how much this has destroyed the family," Tiernan said.

Timothy Granata was described as a good student and an athlete by his peers. He went to the Hopkins School in New Haven and then onto Lehigh University in Pennsylvania where he was on the dean's list and wrestled.

Claudia Granata was a doctor who specialized in internal medicine. She was affiliated with Yale-New Haven Hospital and was known under her maiden name, Dr. Claudia Dinan. It appeared her home also served as her office.

The disturbing discovery left neighbors shaken.

"It could be anywhere, but it's in your hometown and your heart goes out to everybody," said John Ferguson, a neighbor. "The town of Orange, the kids, the police department, everybody."

The last murder to happen in Orange was in 1992 and it was a similar case where a son was accused of killing his mother.

"It's awful you see the house every day," Linta said. "You're always going to think about that whenever you pass it."

Timothy Granata was arraigned in Derby Superior Court on Friday morning where he was seen becoming emotional. The judge kept his bond at $2 million and ordered him to have some sort of mental health monitoring while he awaits trial. Timothy Granata's next court appearance will be in Milford Superior Court on Aug. 5.

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