Girlfriend won't give Navin up for parents' murder

BRIDGEPORT — Jennifer Valiante is being pressured by police to give up her boyfriend, Kyle Navin, for the murder of his Easton parents, her lawyer confirmed Tuesday.

“Police have been trying to talk to her all along to find out what she knows but she is denying everything,” Valiante’s lawyer, Elliot Warren, said moments before his client was brought into the courtroom of the Fairfield County Courthouse.

Dressed in a bright-yellow prison jumpsuit, the 31-year-old Valiante, pronounced Valiant, smiled slightly as she faced a television camera.

Superior Court Judge Robert Devlin agreed to continue the case to Feb. 29 after Warren told the judge he needed more time to go over the voluminous material the state has already turned over to him in the case with more to come.

“I am particularly interested to see Navin’s statements to police that are on video,” Warren said later.

State’s Attorney John Smriga declined comment on the case as he left the courtroom after the brief hearing.

Jeffrey Navin, 56, the president of J & J Refuse in Easton and his wife, Jeanette Navin, 55, a Weston Intermediate School library paraprofessional, disappeared from their Easton home Aug. 4.

Their bodies were found buried under debris in Weston on Oct. 29.

Police said Kyle Navin, who has a drug habit, killed his parents with his girlfriend’s help to get their money after he found out he was being disinherited.

Navin, 27, is charged with two counts of murder. Valiante is charged with conspiracy to commit murder and hindering prosecution.

Warren said his client is doing well.

“All things being equal, she has handled incarceration well. She has gotten off the treatment medication for her drug addiction and that’s good,” he said.

Two weeks before her disappearance, Jeanette Navin tearfully told a friend she was at wits end with her eldest son, according to the arrest warrant affidavit. She and her husband were cutting Kyle out of their will, she told the friend, and selling their garbage business.

“Kyle will be on his own without any financial support from the family,” the affidavit states.

The warrant affidavit reveals the alarming texts between Kyle Navin and his girlfriend, who has been charged with conspiracy to commit murder, weeks before his parents vanished.

“I was trying not to punch him in the face and get arrested because if I do punch him, I won’t be able to stop,” Kyle Navin texted Valiante.

“We need to figure out what the best way to take them down” Navin wrote at one point.

And later: “It would solve every single problem and give us a wealthy amazing life.”

The warrant states that police found two bullet holes in the front passenger seat of Kyle Navin’s blue 2000 pickup truck. The portion of the seat-belt that would go over the chest of the passenger also had a bullet hole in it.

Jeannette Navin’s blood was found on the seat.

Blood stains were also found on the basement floor of Kyle’s Navin’s house; they matched his father, the affidavit states.