Noah Hendron, the teen charged with killing 16-year-old Wethersfield High School student Vincent Basile earlier this month, made a brief court appearance Tuesday as an investigation into the fatal shooting continues.
Hendron, 18, faces charges of murder and criminal possession of a weapon. Authorities say he shot Basile in the head outside an Alison Lane home on Nov. 2.
On Tuesday, Judge Joan K. Alexander continued his case to Jan. 10. Hendron remained held on $1 million bond.
Family and friends of Basile filled the courtroom gallery for Tuesday’s hearing. Basile’s mother sobbed as she watched judicial marshals lead Hendron, handcuffed and dressed in a yellow jumpsuit, into the courtroom. Family members declined to comment after the hearing.
Local and federal investigators are continuing to track the firearm used in the shooting, which they said was tossed in a storm drain in front of the Alison Lane home with four live rounds and a spent casing in the cylinders. Wethersfield Police Chief James Cetran said that they are working with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to track the firearm’s movements before the shooting.
On the night of the killing, a witness told police that Hendron had been bragging about buying his first gun, court records said. As they hung out on the porch of the Alison Lane home, the witness said Hendron was taking bullets out of the gun and putting them back in, as well as pointing the gun at Basile.
When they told him to stop pointing the gun, the witness said he just laughed and kept doing it. The witness said there were no arguments between the two teens and that Hendron was just fooling around, court records said.
The witness said that Hendron took the bullets out of the gun again, then slid one into the cylinder, pointed it at Basile, and fired the fatal shot at his head, court records said.
Hendron told a witness not to call police and that they would make up a story about another person being the shooter, court records said. Hendron left the home but was stopped by police and arrested that night.
News of Basile’s killing rocked the Wethersfield school community, officials said. He was a junior at the high school. Officials said that Hendron was a member of the class of 2017.
“Obviously it’s been a difficult time for students and staff in the district,” school Superintendent Michael Emmett said last week. “For us, the process of supporting our students and staff goes on. We’ve really tried to do our best to create a sense of normalcy in the district.”