Chris Plaskon, the 16-year-old student at Jonathan Law High School who is charged with stabbing fellow student Maren Sanchez for denying his prom proposal, is likely to be tried as an adult in the forthcoming trial, his lawyer says.

Plaskon is currently undergoing psychiatric evaluation, potentially for the next 15 days. At the end of that period, as the trial gets underway, he is likely to be tried as an adult.

Richard Meehan, the suspect's lawyer, told the New York Times,

The suspect was initially charged as a juvenile, but Connecticut law allows the authorities to try minors as adults for murder and other serious crimes.

Plaskon's family is reportedly "distraught."

"They're devastated not only for him but they're devastated for Maren Sanchez's family as well," [Meehan] said. "This is every parent's worst nightmare."

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