A 19-year-old Sterling man who is accused of stabbing and killing a former high school classmate will be back in court in March.
Kevin Weismore, 19, has been charged with the murder of 18-year-old Todd Jeremiah, or TJ, Allen. The arrest warrant says Weismore told police that he planned on selling marijuana to Allen and stabbed him after Allen pulled out a gun.
Police said they have not found a gun and Allen's mother, Christina Moses, said she doesn't believe her son ever owned one. Outside court after Weismore's firest court appearance, she said she thinks a lot of the claims made in that paperwork are lies.
"TJ was such a great human being, you know. He didn't go anywhere to hurt anyone. He just wanted to get what he needed. He's just the most laid-back person. I never even saw him get mad," Moses said.
Allen had been reported missing just after 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 26 when he did not return home after leaving home to go dirt biking. On Friday, state police said they found Allen's body not far from Weismore's home.
Police obtained a search warrant for Allen's phone and records showed the last known location was in the area of Laiho Road, Margaret Henry Road and Sawmill Hill Road in Sterling, according to the arrest warrant.
Weismore went on to tell police that he met up with Allen to sell marijuana to him, but Allen took a gun from his backpack, pointed it at the ground, said he did not have the money, then pointed the gun at him, according to the arrest warrant.
Moses said that the claim that her son pulled a gun was "absolutely ridiculous."
She said her son had a BB gun and liked to shoot in the backyard sometimes, but did not "ever think of having a gun to hurt anybody."
"That was not TJ at all," Moses said. "He didn't go to any meeting with any evil thoughts. It just wasn't him."
According to police, Weismore gave detectives information that led them to Allen's body in a wooded area near 61 Laiho Road.
“I knifed TJ, stabbing him in the stomach once using my right hand, and then stabbing him in the neck a few times. I stabbed him in the neck once and he kept moving so I did it a couple more times,” Weismore’s statement to police reads, according to the warrant.
The statement goes on to say that Weismore dragged Allen’s body behind a rock pile to hide it, then threw the gun off a cliff. Weismore also said he burned all his clothing, according to police.
The warrant says Weismore admitted to a friend what he’d done the next day and that friend helped him dump Allen’s dirt bike into a pond in Killingly.
Outside court Tuesday, Moses said she feels sad for TJ's friends, as well as for those involved in his death.
"I hate to feel sad for them because I really want anything that can be thrown at them to be thrown at them, but it's the saddest, saddest thing that one boy decided to ruin the lives of so many people," Moses said.
Allen suffered what appeared to be multiple stab wounds, but the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy to determine the exact cause and manner of death.
Weismore has been charged with murder and tampering with evidence in the case. He did not enter a plea Tuesday and is being held on a $1 million bond. He was due back in court on Feb. 3, but the case has been continued to March 7.
State police have made two additional arrests in the case.