The son of a Connecticut couple whose bodies were found months after they went missing made his first appearance in court Tuesday after being charged with his parents’ murders.
After vanishing in August, Jeanette and Jeffrey Navin were found bound with tape and shot to death on a vacant property in Weston, not far from the family home on October 24, authorities said.
Only days before they went missing, Jeanette Navin reportedly told a friend she planned on cutting out their 27-year-old son, Kyle Navin, from their will because of his alleged drug use and fiscal irresponsibility.
Navin had been in federal prison since September on weapons charges, stemming from a search of his Bridgeport home during the investigation into his parents’ disappearance, officials said.
Navin appeared in Bridgeport Superior Court on double murder charges and was held on $2.5 million bond. He did not enter a plea and is scheduled to return to court on November 24.
His attorney, Eugene Riccio, said the hearing was “just the start of a long judicial process,” the Associated Press reported.
Police investigators wrote in court papers that Navin’s mother had told a friend that she and her husband planned to sell their family garbage business, J & J Refuse, and remove their elder son from their will.
“Jeanette told her many times in the past that she had problems with Kyle regarding his use of painkillers, and his failure to pay his property taxes, and other monies owed,” Connecticut State Police wrote in an affidavit for Navin’s arrest warrant.
Navin’s home was purchased for him by his parents, the court papers said.
“A post-it note in the business ledger/checkbook labeled ‘Kyle Owes’ showed indebtedness in the amount of $133,000,” the papers said.
Cops say several once-deleted text messages between Navin and his girlfriend, 31-year-old Jennifer Valiante, document Navin’s plan for his parents.
“That’ll allow to stay in our house pay for a full top line remodel and new garage. And have hundreds of thousands to buy my cummins(sic) and you a new car and enjoy life taking vacations, having fun with friends no stress no contact ever again with the bad people,” he allegedly wrote to his girlfriend in July.
“Then we’ll have the 200k credit union, Weston house and j&j profit. I’ve been thinking it nonstop since yesterday. It would solve every single problem and give us a wealthy amazing life. Think about it little one," he allegedly wrote.
Cops say the pair also spoke about the money they believed his parents owed Navin.
“Wipe out the infection and get $ for life. It’s the perfect plan,” Navin allegedly wrote to his girlfriend.
Valiante appeared in court Monday. She was charged with conspiring to kill Navin’s parents and hindering prosecution.
Valiante's attorney, Elliot Warren, said the texts have been "taken out of context," and Valiante would deny talking with or texting Navin about killing his parents and taking their money, the AP wrote.
A tiny amount of Jeanette Navin’s blood was found in her son’s truck near one of two bullet holes in the passenger seat as well as on a partial thumb print on the garage door opener at her home, the affidavit said.
Investigators also found latent bloodstains that matched both Navin and his father’s DNA in Navin’s basement, the court papers said.
The last call Jeffrey Navin’s cellphone made was to his son, investigators said.
“I’m not going home till I know mom is okay,” Jeffrey Navin wrote to his son, the affidavit said. “Did you hurt mom?”
The exchange between the two continued, as Kyle Navin denied doing anything wrong, according to the affidavit.
Navin long had a tumultuous relationship with his parents, investigators said.
“During the course of the investigation, investigators learned that Kyle Navin had a strained relationship with his parents, Jeffrey and Jeanette Navin that extended over a course of years,” the affidavit said.
Navin’s younger brother, Taylor Navin, allegedly told police: “When I heard my parents were missing I thought to myself… they either went on vacation, or my brother did something to them.”
Jeanette and Jeffrey Navin’s bodies were found on the property of an abandoned home that had been empty for about 10 years, the homeowners told police.
The couple’s remains were found in a tarp underneath leaves and other debris, the affidavit said.
The homeowner’s son told police he was acquaintances with Kyle Navin and that Navin had been to the property in the past, but they had lost touch.
“Throughout the course of this investigation, there has not been one instance in which Kyle has ever reached out to investigators to inquire about the status of this investigation,” the affidavit continues. “All contact with Kyle has been initiated by investigators in an effort to locate his parents.”