Noah Hendron, charged in the slaying of 16-year-old Vincent Basile earlier this month outside a house in Wethersfield, will face a Superior Court judge on Tuesday.
Hendron, 18, has been in custody on $1 million bond since the fatal shooting on Nov. 2 as a police investigation continues into what transpired on the porch of the Alison Lane house that night. The case was originally scheduled to be heard on Nov. 17.
A witness who spoke to investigators after the shooting said that Hendron had bragged about purchasing his first gun and that Hendron was playing with it on the porch, according to the arrest report. At one point, Henndron began pointing the revolver at Basile, who, along with the witness, told him to stop, the report says.
While on the porch, the witness said, he saw Hendron remove bullets from the gun, then slide a bullet back into a chamber, point the gun it at Basile’s head and fire a shot, the report says.
The motive for the killing remains unclear. The gun was recovered from a storm drain outside the Alison Lane house, and it had four live rounds and one spent shell casing in the cylinders, the report says.
An investigation into how Hendron came to possess the gun is still underway, police said. It was not legal for the 18-year-old to have a handgun, officials said.
Wethersfield police are working with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to map the history of the gun.
“They are working it from the beginning. They have the manufacturer and they know where it was delivered,” Chief James Cetran said of the ATF’s efforts. “They are continuing to work it from there.”
Police continue to look at the gun, working back from when they discovered it. Cetran said he hopes federal and local investigators will “meet in the middle.”
He said the process is thorough and involves reviewing paper records.
Basile was a junior at Wethersfield High School when he was killed, school officials said. They said Hendron had been a member of the school’s Class of 2017.
“Obviously it’s been a difficult time for students and staff in the district,” school Superintendent Michael Emmett said. “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.”