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The 27-year-old son of an Easton couple whose remains were found in a yard months after they disappeared faces murder charges in their deaths.

 

An arrest warrant charges Kyle Navin, who already is in federal custody on a weapon charge, with two counts of murder and murder with special circumstances.  State police say Navin's girlfriend, 31-year-old Jennifer Valiante, was arrested Friday night and charged with conspiracy to commit murder and hindering prosecution.

 

The medical examiner's office confirmed late Friday that the bodies of 56-year old Jeffrey and 55-year old Jeanette Navin were found Thursday in the yard of a vacant home in Weston.

 

Earlier Friday, Assistant U.S. Attorney Tracy Dayton said there was evidence, including the discovery of the remains, that "very strongly suggests" that Kyle Navin killed his parents. Her comments came during a hearing in federal court in Bridgeport in the weapon case against Kyle Navin.

 

His lawyer, Eugene Riccio, declined to comment on Dayton's statements, the discovery of the remains or the gun charge.

 

Jeffrey and Jeanette Navin hadn't been seen since August 4. Their pickup truck was found with a shattered window on August 9 in a commuter parking lot in Westport. Jeffrey Navin was president of J&J Refuse in Westport.  Jeannette Navin was a school library aide in Weston.

 

Authorities previously disclosed text messages in which Jeffrey Navin asked his son if he hurt his mother, and in which Jeffrey Navin expressed concern he was being framed for his wife's killing. The texts were sent the day the Navins vanished.

 

In the warrant obtained by state police charging Valiante, investigators described DNA evidence found in Kyle Navin's truck and his basement.

 

A bullet hole, and blood fon the front passenger seat of Kyle Navin's truck tested positive for his mother's blood.  According to the warrant, police found blood stains in his basement that tested positive for both his blood and his father's blood.

 

Investigators reviewed text messages sent between Valiante and Kyle Navin before his parents vanished.

 

In May, Kyle wrote to his girlfriend about a blowout argument with his father. "...I was trying not to punch him in the face and get arrested because if I do punch him I won't be able to stop"

 

She responded "I agree. I'm your ally!!"

 

Kyle then said "We need to figure out what the best way to take them down whether it is get some money out of them somehow (expletive) him at the business the house something we got to figure out I'm got to be real smart and do it quick".

 

"We'll figure something out" Jennifer texted back.

 

In one July exchange, he mentioned a plan to "solve every single problem and give us a wealthy amazing life," according an affidavit used to obtain the arrest warrant.

 

She replied: "I hear ya. It sounds very good I just don't know."

 

After a few exchanges, he wrote, "Wipe out the infection and get $ for life. ... It's perfect plan."

 

According to the arrest affidavit the Navins bought a house and put it in Kyle's name.  A post-it note in the business checkbook labelled "Kyle owes" showed a $133,000 amount.  A woman who knew Jeannette Navin for the past decade told state police that Jeannette confided in her that Kyle was failing to pay taxes and the mortgage.  The woman further stated that the Navins were cutting Kyle out of their will and that once the business was sold, he would be on his own without any financial support from his family.

 

Detectives learned that Jeffrey Navin had a history of being emotionally and verbally abusive toward his son, including an investigation by the state Department of Children and Families.

 

Kyle's younger brother Taylor, who lives in Mississippi, told police that Kyle and his parents have always had a tumultuous relationship.  When he found out his parents were missing, Taylor told police that his first thoughts were that either they went on vacation, or that his brother did something to them.

 

According to the arrest warrant affidavit in the gun case, Jeffrey Navin texted his son on Aug. 4 saying he would not go home until his knew Jeannette Navin was OK. The father also asked his son if he hurt his mother.

 

"No absolutely not. Why would you think," Kyle Navin responded, according to the affidavit.

 

"I go home and get framed for murder," Jeffrey Navin then texted.

 

"Oh stop," Kyle Navin texted back.

 

A short time later, Jeffrey Navin texts his son with, "U R setting me up."

 

"Dad really what are you talking about?" Kyle Navin replied.

 

Authorities said Kyle Navin told police conflicting versions of his actions on the day his parents disappeared. The day after his parents vanished, Kyle Navin bought germicidal bleach, drain opener, stain remover and contractor cleanup bags, police said.

 

Kyle Navin was arrested on the federal weapon charge September 8 after authorities say they searched his Bridgeport home and found two firearms, ammunition and evidence he was using heroin, oxycodone and other controlled substances. He has pleaded not guilty to possession of a firearm by an unlawful user of a controlled substance.

 

During the court hearing Friday, U.S. Magistrate Judge William Garfinkel ordered Navin to remain detained without bail on the gun charge. Navin's bond on the murder charges was set at $2.5 million, while Valiante was being held on $2 million bail. Valiante, of Westport, is scheduled to appear in court on Monday.

 

State Police say the Navin family has asked for privacy.

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