Self defense will be issue in Enfield stabbing trial

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Sep. 27—Shyhiem T. Adams, who is accused of first-degree manslaughter and evidence tampering in the fatal stabbing of Enfield High School sophomore Justin...
Brady three years ago, plans to claim self defense at his trial, scheduled to start Tuesday in Hartford Superior Court, his lawyer says.

Adams, now 21, is accused of fatally stabbing Brady during a fight outside the home of Assistant Town Attorney Mark Cerrato at 15 Hoover Lane in Enfield.

Police received a 911 call reporting the situation at 12:24 a.m. on Sept. 10, 2018, although there are indications that the stabbing may have occurred as much as half an hour earlier.

At least two witnesses told police that Adams stabbed Brady while the two were wrestling on the ground during the fight, according to an affidavit by Enfield police Detective Gary Castle.

STABBING TRIAL

DEFENDANT: SHYHEIM "TREY" ADAMS, NOW 21, OF HARTFORD.

VICTIM: JUSTIN BRADY, AN ENFIELD HIGH SCHOOL SOPHOMORE WHO DIED AT AGE 16 ON SEPT. 10, 2018, AFTER BEING STABBED DURING A FIGHT OUTSIDE 15 HOOVER LANE IN ENFIELD, THE HOME OF ASSISTANT TOWN ATTORNEY MARK CERRATO.

CHARGES: FIRST-DEGREE MANSLAUGHTER, EVIDENCE TAMPERING

Connecticut law doesn't permit an acquittal on grounds of self-defense in a case of "combat by agreement not specifically authorized by law."

STABBING TRIAL

DEFENDANT: SHYHEIM "TREY" ADAMS, NOW 21, OF HARTFORD.

VICTIM: JUSTIN BRADY, AN ENFIELD HIGH SCHOOL SOPHOMORE WHO DIED AT AGE 16 ON SEPT. 10, 2018, AFTER BEING STABBED DURING A FIGHT OUTSIDE 15 HOOVER LANE IN ENFIELD, THE HOME OF ASSISTANT TOWN ATTORNEY MARK CERRATO.

CHARGES: FIRST-DEGREE MANSLAUGHTER, EVIDENCE TAMPERING

The two witnesses — Michael Cerrato, who…
Alex Wood, Journal Inquirer, Manchester, Conn.
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