Monday, March 04, 2024


The Navins: Besieged by Heroin, Hatred and Greed

By James Lomuscio

A heroin habit that reached $600 a day, a father’s history of abuse requiring state intervention, and a young couple’s lust for independence and money even if it meant murdering parents are all choreographed in a state police arrest warrant. Image
Warrant details history of family trouble involving Kyle Navin and parents Jeffrey W. Navin and Jeanette L. Navin. Contributed photo

Police Friday night charged Kyle Navin, 27, already being held on a gun charge, with the murder of his parents. In addition, police announced the arrest of Jennifer A. Valiante, 31, his Westport girlfriend, as part of the investigation.

Jeffrey W. Navin, 56, president of J&J Refuse in Westport, and his wife, Jeanette L. Navin, 55, a Weston school paraprofessional, were reported missing since Aug. 7 after not being seen since Aug. 4.

Friday night, the Chief State Medical Examiner’s Officer in Farmington confirmed that the remains found at an abandoned Weston property at 85-89 Norfield Road belonged to the Navins.

The warrant for Valiante detailing the almost three-month long investigation by the state police Western District Major Crime (WDMC) unit says Kyle Navin’s heroin habit jumped from $140 a day to $600 a day in weeks prior to the murder. That information came from a confidential informant described as a drug dealer.

It also says Kyle Navin had “a strained relationship with his parents, Jeffrey and Jeanette Navin, that extended over a course of years.”

“Through the course of the investigation WDMC detectives learned that Jeffrey Navin had a history being emotionally and verbally abusive toward his son, including an investigation by the Department of Children and Families,” the warrant says.

It also cites an interview with Kyle Navin’s younger brother Taylor Navin of Mississippi, who said that the relationship between his parents and brother had always been tumultuous.

“When I heard my parents were missing, I thought to myself …they either went on vacation, or my brother did something to them,” Taylor Navin is quoted as saying.

The Navins, who had lived in Weston for about 20 years before selling their home and moving to a rental home in Easton a month before their murder, owned J&J Refuse in Westport.

The warrant says they were in the process of selling the business, where Kyle Navin had worked, and quoted Jeanette Navin as telling a friend they planned to cut Kyle out of the will because of his drug abuse.

That knowledge apparently spurred Kyle Navin to do away with his parents.

Retrieved text messages in May between him and Valiante that are included in the warrant show the escalating tension between Kyle Navin and his father.

“We need to figure out what the best way to take them down whether it is get some money out of them somehow f—- him at the business the house something we got to figure out I’m got to be real smart and do it quick,” Kyle texted to Valiante on May 14.

“We’ll figure something out,” she replied.

“That pos has to be in charge of everyone, everything at all times,” he said.

The warrant also cites another exchange between the two on July 8.

“That will allow us to stay in our house pay for a full top line remodel and new garage,” he wrote.

Kyle Navin’s parenets purchased in cash his Bridgeport home at 142 Aldine Ave., the warrant says. Still, a ledger shows that Kyle Navin had $133,000 of indebtedness, according to the warrant.

“And have hundreds of thousands to buy my cummins and you a new car and enjoy life taking vacations, having fun with friends no stress no contact ever again with the bad people,” Kyle Nevin texted.

“Then we’ll have 2000k credit union Weston house and j&j profit. I’ve been thinking about it nonstop since yesterday. It would solve every single problem and give us a wealthy amazing life. Think about it little one.”

“I hear ya. It sounds very good I just don’t know,” Valiante responded.

On Aug. 4, the last time the Navins were seen, Jeffrey Navin was spotted in his truck at the Westport Transfer Station around 12:28 p.m. Weigh master Bob Meeker, according to the warrant, noticed that Navin was having a “very heated” conversation, “screaming.”

“The only people he contacted or attempted to contact during this time was Kyle Navin’s cellphone or the J&J Refuse business/landline number which is located at his home in Easton,” the warrant says.

The 27-page warrant, which also details blood and DNA evidence found during the investigation, winds up with details of the discovery of the Navin remains on the Weston property.

Jeffrey Navin, it said, was found in contractor bags wrapped in a fleece blanket with his legs bound by painter’s tape and a projectile wound in the pelvic area. There was also a J&J Refuse t-shirt.

Jeanette Navin was found in a blue tarp, a bullet wound in her chest. There was also a J&J Refuse t-shirt.

See copy of arrest warrant here

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