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Fatal Maplevale Stabbing Court Case Continued Until Next Month

Aaron Powell, who allegedly stabbed former East Haven resident Michael Lieto to death during a fight along Maplevale Road last month, will next appear in court Jan. 8.

The case against Aaron Powell, the 21-year-old suspect charged with first-degree manslaughter in the fatal stabbing of former East Haven resident Michael Lieto, has been continued until early next month, according to a New Haven Register report.

Lieto was fatally injured during a fight with his brothers and two other males, which occurred along Maplevale Road on Nov. 13.

Michael Lieto, 21, received at least one stab wound and Robert Lieto, 27, was also injured. Both were transported to Yale New Haven Hospital. The third brother Dion Lieto, 25, was "assaulted with an unknown blunt object, but was able to assist and is cooperating with police investigators."

Later on that afternoon, Michael Lieto died as a result of injuries sustained from the assault, according to police. Robert Lieto was treated for his injuries and released from the hospital.

A short time after the incident, police arrested Powell and a 17-year-old juvenile male who was with him at the time of the alleged assault.

In addition to manslaughter, Powell is charged with first-degree assault, first-degree reckless endangerment, carrying a dangerous weapon and second-degree breach of peace.

The Register reports the Powell's family claims he was acting in self defense.

Shortly after his death, Michael Lieto's family members, friends and neighbors held a candlelight vigil on the East Haven Town Green to honor his memory.

italian December 06, 2012 at 02:09 AM
this would of never of happened if we could keep the "RIFT RAFT" out of east haven!
Karma December 06, 2012 at 02:47 AM
What's a RIFT RAFT?
undesirable December 06, 2012 at 03:41 AM
Dan McCann/Richard Poultin is a "riff raft" LOL!
Karma December 06, 2012 at 03:51 AM
??? What's the frequency Kenneth?
italian December 06, 2012 at 04:02 AM
"rift raft"= thug's people who are on or sell drug's..you know RIFT RAFT!
Karma December 06, 2012 at 04:24 AM
So you're saying the Lietos are RIFT RAFT?
italian December 07, 2012 at 02:55 AM
no not the lietos...the person who did this....they are bad people....trust me i know!
italian December 07, 2012 at 02:56 AM
karma,are you saying the lietos are rift raft sir?
italian December 07, 2012 at 03:40 AM
bad people sometimes come into my town..when the police arrest these bad people the police get in trouble....these people are bad very bad people....trust me i know.......im almost 70 years old and have seen these type of people before..they are no good..."RIFT "RAFT" bad for east haven..
Karma December 07, 2012 at 12:59 PM
Mr. Italian, My opinion is that they are all RIFT RAFT; Aaron Powell, the juvenile AND the Lieto's. Lock them all up and throw away the key.
Richard Poulton December 07, 2012 at 01:50 PM
Have the guts to say that to my face. Coward - use your real name then we can TALK.
Flowers December 07, 2012 at 02:27 PM
I think the term is riffraff.
italian December 07, 2012 at 05:00 PM
i dont know the lieto's so i can not comment on that..
Karma December 07, 2012 at 05:17 PM
I don't think you know Aaron Powell either, but you comment on him being a RIFT RAFT. Is that because his skin is black Mr. Italian?
italian December 12, 2012 at 10:31 PM
i never said anything about color of skin...and i dont think you should talk about people's color of skin KARMA....you cant talk racist things these days....rift raft is very bad bad people......
italian December 13, 2012 at 12:18 AM
who is aaron powell.? "rift raft" is just people who do drugs,sell drugs,steal,cheat,thats my idea of "rift raft" ....i am almost 70 and never seen people like this in my town...i have lived here for 63 years..

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