UConn student ex-fugitive held on $7M bond over murder, kidnapping charges

Kimberly Dole
June 12, 2020 - 1:56 pm
Peter Manfredonia

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HARTFORD, Conn. (1010 WINS) — A Superior Court judge on Friday ordered Peter Manfredonia, the University of Connecticut student facing charges including murder, and kidnapping, be held on a $7 million bond.

The Rockville Superior Court judge also ordered he be placed on suicide watch.

Manfredonia, 23, is accused of using a machete to kill a man, fatally shooting a high school acquaintance, and then spending six days as a fugitive.

Police say on May 22, he allegedly killed Ted DeMers, 62, and seriously wounded another man in the machete attack in nearby Willington, Connecticut.

According to officials, just two days later, Manfredonia stole a truck and guns and fatally shot Nicholas Eisele, 23, high school acquaintance, in Derby, Connecticut.

He is charged with murder, criminal attempt to commit murder, assault, home invasion, kidnapping with a firearm, robbery, larceny, stealing a firearm, and assault on an elderly person.

State police said other charges will be filed in Eisele's death and the kidnapping of Eisele's girlfriend, who was later found unharmed in New Jersey.

Officials arrested Manfredonia on May 27, when he walked out of a wooded area in Maryland and surrendered, after being on the run for six days on the run across several states. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.