A Connecticut man and his girlfriend, who are accused of conspiring to kill the man's mother and father, both appeared in court on Tuesday and 27-year-old Kyle Navin did not enter a plea, while his girlfriend, Jennifer Valiante, pleaded not guilty.
Kyle Navin, of Bridgeport, was arrested five days after authorities uncovered the remains of his parents, Jeffrey and Jeanette Navin, in a Weston yard more than two months after the couple was reported missing.
He has been charged with two counts of murder and murder with special circumstances and did not enter a plea on Tuesday.
Kyle Navin's girlfriend, Jennifer Valiante, has been charged with conspiracy to commit murder and hindering prosecution. She has denied any involvement in the couple's deaths and pleaded not guilty during her arraignment.
Jeffrey Navin, 56, was president of J&J Refuse in Westport, while Jeannette Navin, 55, was a school aide in Weston.
Kyle Navin is accused of shooting his mother inside his truck and shooting his father in the basement of the Bridgeport home his parents bought him.
Kyle Navin has been in federal prison since his Sept. 8 arrest on a separate weapons violation and court documents lay out the trail police followed before charging him with murder.
On Aug. 20, authorities received an anonymous tip that Kyle Navin had been thrown out of a back-pain treatment program because he was using heroin, which police confirmed with the pain clinic.
A confidential witness later told investigators that Kyle Navin had been buying $140 worth of heroin a day, and between $300 and $600 a day in the weeks prior.
A few days before she vanished, his mother told a friend the couple planned to cut Kyle Navin out of their will, sell their trash-hauling business and leave their son without any financial support from the family, according to an affidavit from police.
Jeanette Navin told a longtime acquaintance her relationship with her son had been "very tempestuous" and she suspected Kyle Navin of abusing drugs, according to the affidavit. She also confided that she and her husband had bought Kyle Navin a house, but he was failing to pay the mortgage and taxes.
Months prior, in May, Kyle Navin allegedly discussed his intentions in text messages with Valiante. According to the warrant for his arrest, Kyle Navin said they needed to "figure out the best way to take (his parents) down whether it is get some money out of them somehow (expletive) him at the business the house something."
Then, in July, he mentioned a plan to "solve every single problem and give us a wealthy amazing life," according to the warrant. Later in the conversation, he allegedly wrote, "Wipe out the infection and get $ for life. It's perfect plan."
Kyle Navin's text messages also came into play the day his parents disappeared. According to police, Jeffrey Navin texted his son Aug. 4 – right before he vanished – saying he would not go home until he knew his wife was OK. He also allegedly asked if Kyle Navin hurt his mother.
"No absolutely not. Why would you think," Kyle Navin responded, according to the affidavit.
"I go home and get framed for murder," Jeffrey Navin replied.
"Oh stop," Kyle Navin texted back.
Soon after the exchange, the couple's cellphones went inactive. Five days later, authorities found their pickup truck with a shattered window in a Westport commuter lot.
Police interviewed the couple's younger son, Taylor, as part of the investigation. When they told him Kyle Navin was a person of interest, Taylor Navin, who lives in Mississippi, allegedly responded, "When I heard my parents were missing I thought to myself, 'They either went on vacation, or my brother did something to them,'" according to the warrant.
Kyle Navin's attorney, Eugene Riccio, has asked the public to reserve judgment.
"It's just the start of the criminal process. It's not a trial, and I think experience has taught all of us that we have reserve our judgment about these situations until all of the facts are known, and I'm asking that that be done," Riccio said after the arraignment.
Kyle Navin is being held on $2.5 million bond and is due back in court on Dec. 16.
Valiante is due back in court on Jan. 12.