- Associated Press - Friday, May 3, 2019

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - The arraignment of a man charged in the shooting death of a Hartford teen has been put on hold after an altercation in the court.

The Courant reports that relatives of 16-year-old Felipe Lopez tried to rush the defendant, 22-year-old Isaiah Benitez, and were subdued by court marshals.

The victim’s father, Juan Lopez, was heard sobbing and saying, “He killed my son,” after being handcuffed by security officials.


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Benitez was immediately taken out of the courtroom and the judge halted the proceedings. He’s being held on $1.5 million bail. It was not immediately known who was representing him.

Police say Felipe Lopez, who lived in Windsor, was found with multiple gunshot wounds Wednesday after crashing a car in Hartford. His family says he was the father of a 7-month-old daughter.



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