A man faced a judge on Tuesday in connection with the murder of a Cromwell father of two young kids who was gunned down over the sale of some computer tablets listed on Craigslist murder.
Marvin Mathis, 20, of Hartford, was arrested on Monday and charged with murdering 40-year-old Felix DeJesus, of Cromwell.
"It's been hard, especially with my kids asking for their father every day," said Glendalis Rios, who is the fiancé of DeJesus.
Police said DeJesus met Mathis and 22-year-old Rashad Moon on Allendale Road last year to sell them two T-Mobile tablets. The exchange was organized through Craigslist after DeJesus's fiancé put an ad on the popular classified website.
Police said DeJesus never made it out of his car and was shot in the head. He died eight hours later, according to police.
"Sometimes I want to blame myself because I feel like I should have went with him and sometimes I feel like he never should have gone and meet someone," said Rios.
Moon was arrested last month, but police said they were not certain that he pulled the trigger.
Court documents show that Mathis and Moon wanted to rob DeJesus. The original plan wasn't to have Mathis there, but another person. However that plan fell through and Mathis joined Moon in the robbery attempt that turned violent.
Moon told witnesses that he gave the gun, which he owned, to Mathis. Police said Moon told witnesses it was Mathis who shot DeJesus. After the robbery, the gun was thrown into the Connecticut River.
Mathis, whom police said he deals with schizophrenia, psychomotor retardation and a psychotic disorder, was taken into custody on Monday. He was charged with murder, first-degree robbery and conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery.
Police did find one tablet in the victim's car, but investigators still don't know where the second one is.
"I hope they get what they deserve," said Rios. "They took someone's life over a tablet."
For DeJesus's family, this is a loss they never thought they'd have to go through.
"I never saw a future without him and he was the same way," said Rios. "We were always together and it's all about family, so it definitely has been hard."
Mathis was arraigned at Hartford Superior Court on Monday morning. He is back in court next month.
Eyewitness News went to Mathis' home on Allendale Road after court and no one answered the door.
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