New London stabbing victim dies; suspect now charged with murder

October 5, 2018

New London — The man who was stabbed multiple times on Brainard Street Thursday afternoon has died, police said. Police have amended the charges against the suspect, Christopher Petteway, from attempted murder to murder.

Petteway, 42, of 25 Brainard St., is also charged with first-degree assault, and violation of a protective order.

Police identified the victim Friday afternoon as 63-year-old Robert Parise, of 25 Brainard St. He died around 1:50 a.m. Friday. 

According to police, a passer-by called 911 at 2:14 p.m. to report that a fight was taking place at 25 Brainard St. and someone had been stabbed. Police apprehended Petteway shortly thereafter, and the victim was taken to Lawrence + Memorial Hospital for emergency medical care.

Petteway is expected to be arraigned Friday at the Geographical Area 10 courthouse on Broad Street, which is adjacent to the crime scene. Witnesses said Parise collapsed on the ground in the back driveway of the courthouse, and judicial marshals who saw him rendered first aid, applying pressure to his wounds to stem the bleeding while waiting for an ambulance. The back road of the courthouse was taped off Friday morning while court officials waited for a contractor to clean up the thick blood that was left on the driveway.  

Petteway had served a 30 day prison sentence and two years of probation this past summer following a domestic violence incident involving Parise, his former intimate partner and housemate, according to his court file. He pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and second-degree threatening in connection with the June 19 incident.

Following his arrest, the court issued a protective order that initially prohibited him from living with Parise. Upon his release from prison, he requested and was granted on Aug. 23 a modification of the protective order that required him only to surrender or transfer firearms and ammunition and not to “assault, threaten, abuse, harass, follow, interfere with or stalk” Parise.

Petteway wrote in the application for modification that Parise, his ex-partner and intimate friend, was his power of attorney, beneficiary and housemate, and that he was unable to return home unless he received the modification.

Conditions of his probation included any anger management, mental health and substance abuse treatment recommended following an evaluation.

The state Office of the Chief Medical Examiner said autopsy results for Parise would be available after 2 p.m. Friday.

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