HARTFORD — A Bloomfield High School football captain accused of fatally stabbing a 27-year-old friend told police he stabbed the man five times, chasing him down twice, after the two got together for a meeting the friend had warned "wasn't going to end well."
Tarence "T.J." Mitchell, 18, told police that he and Ronald "Rondale" Taylor, also known as "City," had carried on a relationship that began about two years ago and included sex, and that Taylor had called him a "Bloomfield gay football player" on Facebook, according to a report released in court Friday.
Mitchell was charged with murder after the stabbing outside his Hill Farm Road home Thursday night. Taylor was pronounced dead at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center.
Mitchell ran after Taylor twice during the assault and stabbed him even after an unarmed Taylor held his hands in the air, the police report says.
The murder allegation is "disheartening," said Gilda Johnson, Mitchell's grandmother. She said she has sympathy for both sides.
"I feel for his family, and I feel for our family," she said.
Johnson was one of about 16 of Mitchell's family members and friends who watched his arraignment in Superior Court on Friday along with more than a dozen of Taylor's supporters. Mitchell appeared before Judge Joan Alexander wearing a white shirt, buttoned up all the way, and khaki pants.
Alexander boosted Mitchell's bail from $500,000 to $1 million and scheduled his next court date for Dec. 3.
Mitchell has no criminal record, his public defender, John Stawicki, told the judge. Mitchell doesn't suffer from any illnesses, he said, but "he's extremely confused and upset."
Outside of court, members of Taylor's family said they are satisfied with the higher bail. Taylor's aunt, Judith Harris, said, "My nephew, he loved life. He loved everybody."
"Two lives are lost. My nephew will never speak again," she said, adding that Mitchell "will be locked up."
"It's bad all the way around," said Lajauna McCoy, Mitchell's uncle.
Harris questioned why Mitchell would keep going to Taylor's Bloomfield home if he felt uncomfortable with Taylor's actions, and why he didn't call police.
Bloomfield High School's football coach, Ty Outlaw, said in a telephone interview that "T.J.'s a great kid." He also said he didn't know anything about allegations that an older man carried on a sexual relationship with the high school student.
About 9:15 p.m. on Thursday, Bloomfield officers responded to a report of a disturbance in the front yard of 24 Hill Farm Road. They found two people suffering from knife wounds. One, Mitchell, had superficial wounds to his hand, police said; the other, Taylor, had multiple stab wounds to his torso.
According to the police report, Mitchell initially lied to police, saying two men wearing hoodies had walked attacked them, and that he ran away in a different direction than Taylor, who was chased by the suspects.
When a detective started reviewing Mitchell's first statement with him, though, Mitchell confessed that he had stabbed Taylor, the report says.
Mitchell said he met Taylor about two years ago through his stepbrother. A month or two after meeting Taylor, "he was smoking marijuana and drinking alcohol at 'City's' house," according to the report.
He told police that he and Taylor engaged in sexual relations. Mitchell just wanted to be friends with Taylor, but Taylor "wanted more than that and wanted to have a relationship with him," the report says.
At the end of last year, Mitchell told police, he tried to distance himself from Taylor.
About three weeks ago, Taylor posted a picture of Mitchell on Facebook along with a post that contained insults about Mitchell, Mitchell told investigators. Among other things, it referred to Mitchell as a "Bloomfield gay football player," the report says.
Taylor left the post online for up to five hours before deleting it, Mitchell told police.
Then, about two weeks ago, the report says, Taylor told Mitchell he would put the picture back up on Facebook — and make sure Mitchell's mother saw it — if Mitchell continued to distance himself from Taylor.
Mitchell decided to stay on Taylor's good side, he told police. Still, Taylor would yell at Mitchell if he didn't text him, Mitchell said, and threatened him with a sword when Mitchell was over his house earlier this week, according to the report.
On Thursday, Taylor texted him and told him that he was coming over that day and "it wasn't going to end well," Mitchell told investigators. Mitchell said he took this to mean that Taylor would end the relationship and may do something "outrageous."
According to the report, Mitchell put a steak knife in his right front pants pocket. He got into the front passenger seat of Taylor's car, and Taylor, who was in the driver's seat, asked to see his cellphone. Taylor became jealous that Mitchell had sent cheerful text messages to girls, the report says.
Taylor started to yell at Mitchell and positioned his pointer and middle fingers like a gun, the report says. He started "mushing" the side of Mitchell's head, Mitchell told police. Taylor hit Mitchell in the face, and Mitchell pulled the knife out of his pocket and stabbed Taylor twice, he told police.
Taylor climbed over him, and Mitchell stabbed him as he did, the report says. Taylor opened the passenger side door and started running away. Mitchell started chasing Taylor, who said, "'I take it back, I take it back. I didn't mean to do this,'" Mitchell told investigators.
They ran into the front yard of a neighboring house at 27 Hill Farm Road, and Taylor turned toward him and held his hands up in the air, the report says. Mitchell said he stabbed him again, according to the report.
Taylor fell, got up and ran again, this time into Mitchell's front yard at 24 Hill Farm Road, the report says. Mitchell followed him again, he told police, and stabbed him one last time, leaving the knife in his back, the report says.Copyright © 2015, CT Now