Bond now $2 million for Guilford teen accused of attempted murder

Ellis Tibere remains in custody now on a $2 million bond and will receive a competency evaluation – both were requested by the prosecution and granted by Judge Gary White.

News 12 Staff

Dec 24, 2020, 12:22 AM

Updated 1,267 days ago

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A judge doubled the bond on Wednesday for a Guilford teen charged with attempted murder.
Ellis Tibere remains in custody now on a $2 million bond and will receive a competency evaluation – both were requested by the prosecution and granted by Judge Gary White.
The 19-year-old appeared in court in Stamford, accused of violating the conditions of his bond release. Police say on Monday afternoon, Tibere cut off his two monitoring bracelets and took off from his home in Guilford carrying a steak knife.
He had been living with his parents on house arrest for the past seven months as he faces charges for repeatedly stabbing a woman he didn't know in a Westport parking lot in January.
In court today, Senior Assistant State’s Attorney Joseph Valdes said Tibere's father found him shortly after down the road having a conversation with a person called "Jackson" who was not actually there.
When police arrived, Tibere had walked about a third of a mile to a cemetery in the woods.
Valdes said Tibere was lying in the snow in the fetal position and unresponsive to police questions. Valdes told the judge that the incident further illustrates how high risk the defendant is – something that was echoed by the stabbing victim's attorney before the judge's ruling.
“I thought Judge White did the right thing and raised the bond. That's really important for the protection of my client and society,” said Gene Riccio. “Obviously, his mental health needs to be looked at…by professionals.”
Tibere's attorney says he respectfully disagrees with the amount the bond was raised and argued for a more modest increase. Tibere's attorney said in court his client's family will not be able to post the new bond.
Tibere spent 12 weeks in a psychiatric hospital before being put on house arrest. 


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