When police called Taylor Navin in Mississippi, younger brother to Kyle Navin, to tell him that their parents were missing, Taylor wasn’t surprised his sibling was a suspect.
“When I heard my parents were missing I thought to myself… they either went on vacation or my brother did something to them,” he said, according to the Hartford Courant.
Since Jeffrey and Jeanette Navin went missing in August, detectives have connected the dots, linking a series of text messages going back months to bullet casings, blood spatters in Kyle’s basement, and their recently discovered remains.
According to Navin, his parents were an “infection” and his father a “piece of crap.”
The relationship between Kyle and his parents had been sour for some time. Taylor said that the last time he spoke with his father, about a week before he vanished, he’d complained about Kyle.
Jeffrey and Jeanette Navin were apparently so frustrated with Kyle and his suspected drug abuse that they’d contemplated cutting Kyle from their will and leaving him to support himself after they sold their sanitation business, according to the Daily Beast.
Navin and his co-conspirator and girlfriend of four years, Jennifer Valiante, both abused drugs. Kyle, 27, had been a high school hockey star but was allegedly using heroin and painkillers. Police found his house full of hypodermic needles, heroin baggies, and Oxycodone bottles. When they arrested Navin on a federal gun charge last month, his body was riddled with fresh heroin marks.
Kyle’s heroin habit had apparently skyrocketed from $140 a day to a whopping $600 a day over the summer.
Jeanette told friends that she suspected Kyle was a drug addict and revealed that he hadn’t paid his mortgage and taxes on a home his parents purchased for him. Investigators also found a ledger that totaled Kyle’s debts to his parents to the tune of $133,000. A few days before their August 4 disappearance, Jeanette told a friend about her plans to cut Kyle out of the will, the Associated Press added.
Detectives have looked at a series of text messages between Navin and Valiante to piece together what happened next. The messages began in May, when Kyle complained about his pay at the family business and his treatment at the hands of his father (Jeffrey Navin had previously been investigated by child welfare services for emotionally and verbally abusing his son).
“We need to figure out… the best way to take them down… whether it is get some money out of them (or) somehow f–k him at the business,” Navin wrote.
Their plan, he added, had to be done “real smart and quick.”
Navin had visions of the life that that would follow — he’d spend his parents’ money on new cars and vacations and said their death “would solve every single problem and give us a wealthy amazing life.” Valiante’s involvement in the alleged murder itself hasn’t been specified, but she reportedly told Kyle, when he shared his plot with her, that “it sounds very good.” A family member said drug abuse was “ubiquitous” in her family and that he wasn’t shocked she was involved.
So far, detectives have found the following evidence to connect Navin to the murders: cell phone data indicates both parents were near Kyle’s house the day they disappeared. The same day, Jeffery texted Kyle, asking him “Did you hurt mom?” and accusing Kyle of framing him for murder. Police found the Navins’ pickup truck with a shattered window, a bullet hole in the front passenger seat, and his mother’s blood. And in Kyle’s basement: blood stains containing both of his parent’s DNA.
Jennifer’s affidavit indicated that Kyle shot his mother in the chest while she sat in a truck, and his father was killed in the basement of his home. Navin then wrapped his mother in a blue tarp and his father in contractor bags and dumped them in the woods. They were discovered Thursday.
Now, Kyle Navin faces two counts of murder with special circumstances, and his girlfriend with conspiracy to commit murder and hindering prosecution.
“It’s beyond heartbreaking,” said John Englehart, a family friend of the Navins. “These are real people, and they’re all good people… The shock doesn’t wear off.”
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