Connecticut teenager Raul Valle, accused of murdering Fairfield prep student James McGrath, posts bail

The Connecticut teenager, who is accused of fatally assaulting Fairfield Prep student James McGrath at a house party, was released on $2 million bail last week as more details about the fatal brawl came to light, it said local reports.

Raul Valle, 16, will not remain in prison as he awaits trial in the murder of McGrath, a popular 17-year-old college preschool lacrosse player, according to WFSB Connecticut. Instead, his lawyer told the broadcaster that his client was under house arrest and was being monitored around the clock.

Valle faces first-degree murder and triple assault charges for his role in a Shelton House party fight that ended fatally on May 14.

Four party-goers were stabbed and taken to the hospital that night, but McGrath did not survive, police said in a press release.

A witness told police he saw about 25 people “rolling around on the ground” during the fight, which was instigated by the suspect, according to a police report available to the WFSB. Valle flashed a “changeable blade knife” before the fight, a witness told officers.

Fairfield Prep student James McGrath
Fairfield Prep student James McGrath was the only victim to die after Raul Valle allegedly stabbed four partygoers.
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St. Joseph High School students, including the suspect, came to the Shelton House party after a party they were at earlier in the night was crashed by Shelton High School students, another witness said, according to the police report.

According to the police report, there was a brief fight in the previous house before the Shelton high schoolers left. Both sides also talked about garbage in a group text, the police witness said.

According to the police report, McGrath was stabbed in the heart during an autopsy.

The slain teenager was remembered, according to his obituary, as a “wonderfully happy human being with a big heart” who excelled in every sport he played.

His father told the Post on May 18 that he was glad an arrest had been made in the case.

“The investigation is ongoing and the Shelton Police Department has just been extremely supportive and helpful in getting us closer to closure,” said Kevin McGrath.

A St. Joseph High School representative told Fox News Digital Valle that there had never been a brawl at the school prior to the May 14 incident.

Valle’s attorney called the incident an “unspeakable tragedy,” according to the WFSB.

“Clearly, this is an unspeakable tragedy for all involved and it would be irresponsible of me to comment before I have a chance to review all of the evidence in the case,” Defense Attorney Jake Donovan reportedly said. Connecticut teenager Raul Valle, accused of murdering Fairfield prep student James McGrath, posts bail


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