SHELTON, Conn. (WTNH) – It was an emotional day in Milford Court as the teen accused of killing a Fairfield Prep student in May faced a judge. Tensions from the courtroom spilled over to outside the courthouse.
The courtroom was filled with the family and friends of 17-year-old Jimmy McGrath. Many of them were dressed in sky blue, which was his favorite color.
Following court, Jimmy’s father says the reality of what happened is sinking in and that pain could be felt both in and out of the courtroom. A tense scene erupted outside the courthouse.
Raul “Lito” Valle, 16, is accused of murdering McGrath. McGrath was stabbed at a house party in Shelton in May. Three other teens were also stabbed.
Court marshals helped keep McGrath’s friends separated from Valle and his family as they walked to their car. Valle remains free on a $2 million bond and is under house arrest.
“We want to close this chapter and move on with our lives, but we know this will be dragged out,” said Kevin McGrath, Jimmy’s dad.
Overcome with emotion, Kevin spoke briefly, thanking everyone for the love they’ve received.
“The outpouring of support from our community is amazing. Reality is starting to set in, but they’re working overtime to make sure we’re as comfortable to get through this,” Kevin said.
Inside the courtroom, one family member was heard saying, “he did this,” before Valle’s appearance began.
On Friday, the judge said Valle is now allowed to spend more time outside. The judge ruled that Valle could go outside until 6 p.m., but under no circumstances, leave the property. He also gave a stern warning about the internet and phone use.
“No texting, no emailing, no internet access while this case is pending,” said Judge Peter Brown.
The case has been continued until September.