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No Charges Will Be Filed in Meriden Stabbing That Killed Teen

The man who killed 15-year-old Deandre Felton acted in self defense and will not be charged in connection with the teen's death, a state's attorney said.

The state's attorney's office says a 20-year-old employee of Westfield shopping center in Meriden who is accused of stabbing and killing a teen outside of a mall in September should not be charged.

According to NBC30 in Connecticut, investigators for the state's attorney's office have determined that the employee, who has not been named, was acting in self-defense when he was attacked by 15-year-old Deandre Felton and DeShawn Jones, 13. Felton died and Jones was injured in the attack. Background a news release issued in the fall, Meriden police explained how the investigation points to both Felton and the other teenager as the aggressors in the stabbing incident.

The teens were hanging out with a group of friends at the Westfield Shopping Town Plaza in Meriden Square on Lewis Street just before the encounter

When the mall closed, the group gathered in the parking lot, at which point Felton and the 13-year-old, whom the witnesses claimed were both high, made statements that they wanted to “look for trouble” and ”beat someone up,” the news release said.”

During a walk through the pedestrian access gate at a Midstate Medical Center parking lot, Felton and the other teen broke away from the group and ran toward a man who was walking east on Kensington Avenue.

Police said the two teens jumped the man and, moments later, Felton and the 13-year-old teen ran back to the group at which point they collapsed from stab wounds. The witnesses told police they “didn’t know this attack was going to happen.”

It was at this point that Meriden police got a call from an anonymous female caller reporting that two teens were stabbed on Kensington Avenue.

Justice In Meriden November 15, 2012 at 08:54 PM
This story has too many holes. If the incident took place at 9:30 p.m. please tell me what bus was running from Westfarms and if he lives outside Meriden why was he walking on Kensington...Folk need to know that the two teens were wirh a group of White kids.
M Donna November 17, 2012 at 03:35 PM
Nice to know that our city's citizens aren't allowed to walk in certain places based on the color of their skin and that it's their fault if they successfully defend themselves from a resulting attack. Also, who said anything about a bus? He was walking.. (the westfarms bus went right up to one of the mall entrances, no need to walk around for it)
Robert Johnson August 06, 2013 at 01:04 PM
The two teens "looked for trouble" and they found it. It's entirely their own fault. Their parents must have failed to teach them how to live properly. The young man who defended himself showed courage and resourcefulness. Perhaps through this tragedy other teens will choose a different path in life beyond drugs and violence.

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