Teen suspect in Shelton stabbing case posts bond; arrest warrant released
DERBY, CT (WFSB) – A teen accused of stabbing and killing a 17-year-old student at a house party in Shelton has posted bond, according to his attorney.
The 16-year-old juvenile suspect, Raul Valle, posted the $2 million bond and has been released, said attorney Jake Donovan.
His attorney said the judge set requirements for Valle’s release, including GPS monitoring.
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Valle faced a judge on Thursday.
The 16-year-old juvenile suspect, identified as Raul Valle by his attorney, made an appearance in Derby Superior Court. Valle will be tried as an adult.
Valle is accused of murdering Jimmy McGrath on Saturday night.
Valle’s next court appearance is set for June 7 in Milford. He was held on a $2 million bond.
He already faced a judge in juvenile court in New Haven on Wednesday before the case was transferred to adult court in Derby.
Jimmy McGrath was a Fairfield College Preparatory student.
According to court documents that were released on Thursday, students from St. Joseph’s High School in Trumbull showed up to a house party on Lauren Glen Drive in Shelton Saturday night.
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The documents said the St. Joseph’s students arrived after Fairfield Prep students crashed their party earlier in the evening.
There was a group text message chain among the two groups in which trash talking happened.
The result was a fight between the two groups at the house party on Laurel Glen Drive in Shelton. Four teens were stabbed. Jimmy McGrath was stabbed through the ribs and the heart.
Two other juveniles were in the SUV that arrived with Valle, including the driver.
Shelton police say more than 50 teenagers were at the house party on Laurel Glen Drive.
A witness: “…stated he approached the group of kids and asked them to leave but they refused. One of the two kids threw a punch at their group and a large fight broke out.”
Witnesses say Valle had a knife, described as a switch blade, and according to the paperwork, one teen was stabbed in the arm, another in the leg.
A third suffered a punctured lung, and McGrath was stabbed through the ribs and in the heart.
In their investigation, detectives interviewed the 17-year-old girlfriend of Valle, who was with him and a group of teens that drove over to the Laurel Glen party.
She says she didn’t want to stay, so she texted her sister to pick her up and that Valle eventually returned with the others and asked for a ride home, never mentioning the fight.
The girl told police she learned about it later that morning.
“She stated she texted messaged…and accused him of the stabbing and she stated he denied it.”
“I’m sorry,” said the suspect’s father as he shielded himself from cameras following his son’s court case.
“Obviously this is an unspeakable tragedy for everyone involved and it would be irresponsible for me to make any comment before I have a chance to examine all the evidence in the case,” said Jake Donovan, Defense Attorney.
Those who knew Jimmy McGrath said they are still trying to process what happened.
The court case loomed over the Fairfield Prep lacrosse team, the members of which still mourned the death of their teammate on Wednesday night.
“I think you can safely see you feel the heartbeat of America here,” said Mayor Mark Lauretti of Shelton.
The team said it felt the support of its community when it took the field for the first time without Jimmy McGrath, who wore the number 7.
Police have not identified the 16-year-old St. Joseph’s student who was charged with murder and three counts of assault.
Jimmy McGrath’s family addressed their sports community Wednesday night during which they saw a sea of light blue banding together.
“Jimmy doesn’t want us to cry for him,” said Kevin McGrath, Jimmy McGrath’s father. “Jimmy’s up there with his friends, his cousins who passed. They’re up there looking down upon us today.”
Jimmy McGrath’s family said they participate in a walk-through visitation service for Jimmy McGrath on Thursday.
“I love every single one of you. You have made a difficult situation better,” Kevin McGrath said.
A funeral service is scheduled for Friday in Trumbull.
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