Simsbury Road Man Charged With Murder Receives Continuance

David Grant, accused of killing Suzete Berrincha in November, is scheduled to return to Hartford Superior Court Feb. 29.


A pre-trial hearing for a Simsbury Road man charged with murder in the stabbing death of his former girlfriend was postponed Wednesday in Hartford Superior Court.

David Grant, 25, was scheduled to return to court Feb. 29. He has pleaded not guilty.

Judge Joan K. Alexander granted a continuance to allow Grant’s public defender, John L. Stawicki, additional time to receive and evaluate evidence.

Grant, who remains in jail on $2 million bail, faces 25 to 60 years in prison if convicted of murder. He appeared briefly before a full courtroom wearing an orange prison jumpsuit.

Several friends and family of the victim, Suzete Berrincha, were present for Grant’s third appearance in the third-floor courtroom. Members of Grant's family in attendance included his father, Rupert Grant, 54, who declined afterward to comment.

In a statement to , Grant allegedly admitted killing Berrincha Nov. 3 at her family’s home at 60 Westphal St. Berrincha, 22, was with a stainless steel folding knife, according to detectives.

Grant and Berrincha, both , were described as an on-and-off couple for about eight years. Police said Grant was apparently upset after a breakup in April.

Berrincha, a former captain of the Hall cheerleading squad, in 2010 with a B.A. degree in human development and family studies.

Amanda Evelyn Telo January 19, 2012 at 05:47 PM
ridiculous that he recieved a continuance. he is sick and deserves the maximum in punishment.
Samantha Nicotera January 19, 2012 at 06:51 PM
David Grant is a man that deseves to get the maximum sentence for the crime he has commited. justice for the Berrincha family will not be served until this man is locked up doing hard time for the act that he did on Suzete. i grew up with Suzy since we were kids spending alot of time together doing crazy things on hot summer days all the way through middle school, highschool and college. i miss my friend and the only person i have to blame is David Grant and his obsessive behavior. David said he loved her so much but i guess his love was so strong for her that he couldnt bare to see her living a happy and normal life without him in the picture. this story should be spread across the media so girls all over know that no good can come from a realtionship like this. My heart and prayers remain with Suzetes family they loved her more than life it self.
Donna Hanson January 17, 2013 at 05:25 PM
Amanda and Samantha you both can say what u guys want to say, but women must stop playing with men feelings you don't want the man don't play around with him.
Meh Self January 16, 2014 at 10:42 AM
Hi Donna, Did you know David Grant? I am a little confused about your post, are you excusing murder for playing with feelings? I dont know about you but ive had my feelings played with quite a few times, I've never slit anyone's throat, though. I happened to be one of the defendants co-workers. Suzy used to drop him off most days at work, he'd give her a big kiss, come inside, and then flirt with one of our other co workers. He'd text her in the middle of the night and talk to her inappropriately, she also had a boyfriend. He talked about cheating like he was the coolest thing ever, a big-shot. He had anger problems and lashed out several times, which is why I wanted nothing to do with him. At the end of the day, this gorgeous and kind girl was brutally murdered. For what? Because she played around with someones feelings? No one knows what the true dynamics were her, except for the two of them, but to attempt to excuse this coward's actions because he was facing heartache is beyond ridiculous and you should really be ashamed of yourself.


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