Chaos outside court after arrest made in fatal stabbing of Enfield teen


Parents, students and teachers are dealing with the aftermath after a 16-year-old was stabbed to death in Enfield. Another teen has been arrested for manslaughter. The families clashed in court. There were more arrests Tuesday as Christopher Drezek, the superintendent tries to put fears at ease.

“It’s a phone call no one likes to get!”

Drezek addressed the stabbing death of one of his students at Tuesday night’s Board of Education Meeting after a crazy day in the Enfield court system.

The judge had to clear the courtroom after outbursts from family and friends.

The suspect, Shyhiem Adams, looked skyward and utters what appeared to be a prayer, then passed out as the judge reads the charge of manslaughter against him. The 18-year-old Hartford man is accused of stabbing Justin Brady. 

After Marshals cleared the court, the fight spilled out onto the front steps of the courthouse.

As the emotions exploded, police made another arrest. John Moran was subdued by police and led away in handcuffs, charged with assault and disorderly conduct. Police quickly got the crowd to disperse despite the fact friends of Brady’s didn’t want to leave.

Mike Shanley says they were just trying to make sense out of the stabbing.

“There’s no justice right now, there’s a lot of hate, and a lot of hurt and all of us. I don’t know, I’m at a lost for words, honestly,” said Shanley.

The Superintendent of Schools did say he was concerned about the fight outside the court, but police have not told him of any direct threats that could occur Wednesday during the school day. Even so, he says it is standard procedure to have a stronger police presence on campus after something like this.

“We did request additional police presence nearly as a precaution, it’s not something that is uncommon when there is an event. And the police department has been overly cooperative with us”, Christopher Drezek says.

There could be more arrests in this case as the investigation moves forward. In the court papers, witnesses admitted they lied to the police.

Related: Police investigate murder of Enfield high school student

Brady was stabbed outside of the home at 15 Hoover Lane in the early hours of Monday morning and died in the ambulance on the way to the hospital. 

Adams is being held on a $1 million bond.

Witnesses say Brady was dragged across the ground and left there as a neighbor called police.

Police add that they also recovered what looks like blood-stained clothes and a knife from underneath a mattress.

As a precaution, the Enfield Public School District says there will be an increased police presence at the high school in the coming days.

Calling hours for Brady will be held this Friday, September 14th from 3:00-7:00pm at the Leete Stevens Enfield Chapels in Enfield.

Web Extra: Crowds gather outside Enfield courthouse where Shyhiem Adams appeared after being charged with manslaughter (Sound pulled due to vulgar and offensive language)

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