A Connecticut teen accused of stabbing his classmate to death at a Milford high school hours before the prom appeared briefly in court on Wednesday.
Christopher Plaskon, 17, is accused of stabbing and killing Maren Sanchez, also 16, inside Jonathan Law High School in April in an attack some students said might have been motivated by anger that she would not go to the prom with him. He pleaded not guilty in June.
Plaskon, who has been charged as an adult with murder, waived a trial by jury and his case will instead go before a three-judge panel.
Members of his defense team said has they're considering a mental health defense and believe that a three-judge panel might handle that better.
Plaskon is being held at Manson Youth Training Institute, a correctional facility in Cheshire for boys and young men between the ages of 12 and 19.
Police have said Plaskon was spotted just moments after the April 25 stabbing with blood on his hands and clothing.
"I did it. Just arrest me," he told authorities, according to police paperwork released. Police said they recovered a knife in the hallway, not far from where Sanchez was attacked.
The medical examiner concluded that Sanchez died of stab wounds to the torso and neck. Her death was ruled a homicide.
"You can imagine, when a father loses a daughter, especially under such egregious circumstances, it's extremely difficult," said attorney Anthony Bonadies, who is representing Sanchez's father in court.
Defense attorney Richard Meehan said in an e-mail that Plaskon would appear in court with his uncle, who has been appointed his guardian. He said did not offer further comment on the defense efforts.
"They're doing everything they can to try to keep it together," Meehan said, of Plaskon's family, "but it's a very difficult process."
The state's attorney is still in the process of turning over evidence to the defense. Plaskon's attorneys said they have not yet decided what kind of defense to present and may not know for some time.
"Normally these cases take at least a year, if not two," said State's Attorney Kevin Lawlor, of Milford.
Plaskon is expected back in court Oct. 16.