Correa getting impatient in Griswold home invasion/murder case

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Sergio Correa, charged with killing three members of the Lindquist family and burning down their home in December 2017, wants to go to trial right away, even though his newly assigned attorneys have just started reviewing the evidence.

Correa, 27, continued what is becoming a regular practice of addressing Superior Court Judge Hillary B. Strackbein against the advice of his attorneys during his court appearance in New London Friday.

"I didn't kill these people," he said. "I'm not a model citizen, but I'm not a killer. I want to go to trial. I don't want to keep playing this game with these people."

Correa and his sister, Ruth Correa, are charged with carrying out one of the state's most deadly crime sprees since two men murdered three members of the Petit family during a 2007 home invasion in Cheshire. Both Correas remain incarcerated while their cases are pending in New London Superior Court.

Sergio Correa, charged in May 2018 with murder with special circumstances, three counts of felony murder, first-degree robbery, first-degree arson and second-degree arson and home invasion, has yet to decide whether he wants a probable cause hearing. The hearing, available to defendants facing life sentences and sometimes referred to as a mini trial, requires the state to prove to a judge that there is enough evidence to continue the prosecution.

Ruth Correa has waived her right to such a hearing. Her brother, however, has grown impatient as his attorneys continue to waive the 60-day time limit for the hearing while they review volumes of evidence collected by the state police Eastern District Major Crime Squad and the results of ongoing forensic testing by the state laboratory.

The decision was further delayed when Sergio Correa's attorneys cited a conflict and were allowed to withdraw from the case. Attorneys Joseph Lopez, Jessica Luu-Missios and Maureen Murphy from the Division of Public Defenders were appointed last month.

Correa told Judge Strackbein Wednesday that he doesn't like to come to court and see his family suffer. His mother, sister and other family members were in the gallery, and his sister was asked to leave the courtroom after twice attempting to address the court out of turn.

Strackbein told Correa to be patient and listen to his lawyers.

"It takes quite a long time when someone is charged with three counts of murder," she said. "You want them to prepare the best possible defense for you."

The state alleges the Correa tortured and killed Matthew Lindquist, 21, and his parents Janet and Kenneth Lindquist and set their Kenwwod Estates home on fire after coming to Griswold to burglarize the Lindquist home with Matthew Lindquist's permission.

Sergio Correa had been released months before from a 10-year prison stint for crimes he committed as a teen.

k.florin@theday.com

 

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