Police: Son charged with murder in death of Connecticut couple

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Human remains found in search for Conn. couple; detained son named suspect by prosecutors, son’s girlfriend arrested.

Oct. 30, 2015: State Police search the area around a home in Weston, Conn., reportedly belonging to a friend of Kyle Navin. (Cathy Zuraw /Hearst Connecticut Media via AP) WESTON, Conn. – The 27-year-old son of a Connecticut couple whose remains were found in a yard months after they disappeared faces murder charges in their deaths, state police said.

WESTON, Conn. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Sources on Friday said two sets of human remains are those of a Weston, Connecticut couple who went missing in August, and their son has been named as a suspect in their murder. An arrest warrant charges Kyle Navin, who already is in federal custody on a weapon charge, with two counts of murder and murder with special circumstances, state police said. The grisly discovery of Jeffrey and Jeanette Navin was made Thursday in upscale Weston, and cops later issued warrants for both their jailed son Kyle and his girlfriend Jennifer Valiante. At Friday’s hearing, Dayton told the court that cellphones belonging to the victims had “magically” stopped working near Kyle’s home in Bridgeport.

Why would you think.”) Kyle Navin was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation last month on a charge of possessing a firearm while addicted to heroin. The affluent president of J&J Refuse and his library staffer wife have been missing since Aug. 4, with their parked car found five days later in a Weston commuter lot. Attorney Tracy Dayton said there was evidence, including the discovery of the remains, that “very strongly suggests” that Kyle Navin killed his parents. Investigators responding to the scene — approximately five miles from the missing couple’s home — reported finding what appeared to be human remains.

While the bodies’ identification remains unknown pending a medical examiner’s report, a police source, speaking to the Stamford Advocate, said they are most likely that of the missing couple. Authorities previously disclosed text messages in which Jeffrey Navin asked his son if he hurt his mother, and in which Jeffrey Navin expressed concern he was being framed for his wife’s killing.

State police released a statement Friday saying the search began at around 3pm Thursday at a house located at 89 Norfield Road in Weston – a town where the Navins lived for many years before moving in Easton. And the day after his parents vanished, Kyle Navin bought germicidal bleach, hair/grease drain opener, stain remover and contractor cleanup bags, police said. In the warrant obtained by state police charging Valiante, investigators described DNA evidence found in Kyle Navin’s truck and his basement, according to the Hartford Courant.

In legal documents seen by Daily Mail Online, FBI Special Agent Mike Zuk has testified that, according to one long term acquaintance he interviewed, Navin said, ‘he was dealing with a lot of family issues and that it looked like his parents were missing,’ on August 5. The couple was officially reported missing the following day, on August 7, after failing to turn up to work at the waste disposal company Jeffrey and his brother William ran together and with relatives unable to contact them on their cell phones.

Valiante about plans to “take them down,” referring to his parents, and “get some money out of them somehow.” Earlier on Friday, in a previously scheduled detention hearing for Kyle Navin in Federal District Court in Bridgeport on the initial gun charge, Tracy Lee Dayton, an assistant United States attorney here, told Magistrate Judge William I. On September 10, Kyle Navin, of Bridgeport, was arrested and charged with possession of a firearm by a drug user – a crime that can carry a sentence of 10 years. In one July exchange, he mentioned a plan to “solve every single problem and give us a wealthy amazing life,” The New York Times reported, citing an affidavit used to obtain the arrest warrant. According to former neighbor Gail Berman, 60, who lived next to the family in Weston where both Kyle and brother Taylor, 23, attended Weston High School the family seemed ‘exceptionally close.’ Jeffrey was president of trash-hauling company J & J Refuse and for the past 18 years Jeanette had worked as a paraprofessional at the Weston Intermediary School Library. State court records show Jeffrey Navin was $2.2 million in debt as of December in connection with a mortgage on a Guilford home that has been in foreclosure since 2007.

But since their disappearance a very different picture of the family’s situation has emerged with the revelation that the Navins were in debt to the tune of $2.23million on a foreclosed million-dollar home Jeffrey owned at 7 Hart Road in Guilford. Navin had been fighting the HSBC bank since 2007 when the bank filed the foreclosure claiming that he had failed to pay $1.3million in mortgage arrears. The couple sold their Weston home – which had been in Jeanette’s sole name since 1994 – on 1 June for $900,000 and moved to a rental home less than a half its size in Easton. The vehicle was abandoned in a commuter lot off the Merritt Parkway, detectives have said that the passenger window was smashed in and ‘physiological fluid’ believed to be blood along with a bullet hole was discovered inside.

Similarly Kyle’s rapidly changing version of his own movements and the last time he had any contact with his parents is difficult to reconcile with the innocent explanation that the couple abandoned their Connecticut lives of their own volition. But two days later, on August 9, Kyle amended his account to claim that he also spoke to his father ‘sometime around noon’ when he called to ask about a new customer. He claimed that the only communication between him and his father was work related – a claim subsequently blown out of the water by a series of chilling text messages revealed in the affidavit. They chronicle a bizarre exchange between father and son in which, at one point, Jeffrey asks his son ‘Did you hurt mom?’ and states ‘I’m not going home till I know mom is okay…I go home and get framed for murder.’ In another he bluntly states, ‘U R setting me up.’ Analysis of Jeanette and Jeffrey’s cell phone activity places both in the vicinity of their son’s Bridgeport home when their phones were last used before being switched off. Meanwhile searches of Kyle’s home have revealed that the once star athlete was in the grips of drug addiction uncovering drug paraphernalia, baggies containing Oxycodone and Xanax and numerous hypodermic needles containing residues of heroin.

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