Son of Connecticut couple faces murder charges after bodies found

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Affidavit: Son Charged in Parents’ Killing Was to Be Cut Out of Their Will.

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. (TheBlaze/AP) — Police say a 27-year-old man killed his parents then dumped their bodies because they planned to cut him out of their will.

His girlfriend — Jennifer Valiante of Westport, the Hartford Courant reported — has also been charged with conspiracy to commit murder and hindering prosecution. 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. An arrest affidavit provided by police states Jeanette Navin had been distraught over her son’s behavior and drug use in the days before she and her husband disappeared.

In the warrant obtained by state police charging Valiante, investigators described DNA evidence allegedly found in both Navin’s truck and in the basement of his home. Jeanette Navin told a longtime acquaintance her relationship with her son had been “very tempestuous” and that she suspected he was abusing drugs, according to the affidavit. At Friday’s hearing, Ms Dayton told the court that cellphones belonging to the victims had “magically” stopped working near Kyle’s home in Bridgeport.

— A RUSSIAN passenger plane carrying 224 people has crashed after losing contact with air officials over Egypt with Islamic State claiming responsibility. Navin’s lawyer Eugene Riccio said Saturday morning that he expects his client will be served with arrest papers by Connecticut State Police sometime this weekend. Their son, 27-year-old Kyle Navin, was named a person of interest in the disappearance last month but was arrested on an unrelated gun possession charge.

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. 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. Weston Police Chief John Troxell said officers turned their attention to the abandoned property after getting a call from the owner, local businessman Thomas Kerrigan. ‘Kerrigan told police he was doing a clean up on the grounds that afternoon when he found ‘something’ he thought might be human remains,’ the Weston Forum reported. ‘He asked police to investigate.’ Last month, Daily Mail Online revealed that the couple’s son, Kyle, told a friend about their disappearance the day before they were allegedly discovered to be missing. 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. 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.

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. 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.

And the discovery of Jeffery’s Dodge pickup on August 9, two days after they were reported missing, cast a sinister light on what fate may have befallen the Navins. 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.

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. They also found Kyle’s gun without which, according to one unnamed friend, he was rarely seen (according to girlfriend Valiant, Kyle ‘really likes his gun’) as well as a Home Depot receipt for germicidal bleach, hair and grease drain opener, Goo Gone stain remover and contractor cleanup bags.

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