despp: State Police Make Arrest in Attempted Murder Case

{Connecticut State Police Patch}  
Department of Emergency Services &
Public Protection
Connecticut State Police
Public Information Office
1111 Country Club Road
Middletown, Connecticut 06457
Dr. Dora B. Schriro
Colonel Danny R. Stebbins
Deputy Commissioner
Division of State Police
April 26, 2014




   On Thursday morning, April 24, 2014, at approximately 12:38 a.m., members of the Connecticut State Police were notified from a concerned witness that the suspect, John Corver, DOB: 05.10.1962, of 966 Boston Turnpike, Bolton, was involved in a dispute with his domestic partner and may have stabbed her. Acting upon the information provided, Troopers from Troop K in Colchester, with the assistance of the Emergency Dispatch Center in Tolland, began an extensive search for the suspect and the reported victim. At approximately 1:53 a.m., patrol Troopers responded to a motor vehicle accident in the area of 96 Skinner Road in Andover and found the victim in the passenger seat bleeding badly from multiple stab wounds to her extremities. The victim was initially treated at the scene by emergency personnel and subsequently air lifted via Life Star Helicopter to Hartford Hospital where she remains in stable condition in the Intensive Care Unit.


   The suspect, John Corver, sustained a fracture to his right arm and a cut to his forehead as a result of the collision. Further investigation revealed he sustained self-inflicted knife wounds to his abdomen that were superficial in nature. The suspect was transported to Hartford Hospital via ambulance where he was treated for his injuries and remained under guard and was eventually arrested by Connecticut State Police Detectives.


   The initial investigation revealed that the victim was in the process of ending her domestic relationship with the suspect. The victim had flown from California back to Connecticut, the suspect picked her up at Bradley International Airport around 11:00 p.m. the previous evening (April 23). During the ride back to the suspectís home in Bolton, a verbal argument ensued over the relationship breakup. The victim attempted to call a friend for help, but the suspect threw the victimís phone out of the vehicle. While the suspect and the victim were still in the vehicle, the argument continued and escalated to the point where the suspect assaulted the victim with a knife, slashing at her and causing serious physical injury. The investigation further revealed multiple crime scenes to include that the suspect drove to the Nathan Hale Homestead in Coventry and continued to stab and slash at the victim with the knife. The suspect then drove from the area and ultimately struck a tree on Skinner Road in Andover where they were located by State Police personnel.


   On April, 25, 2014, at 3:14 p.m., suspect John Corver was released from the care of Hartford Hospital and was immediately arrested on the strength of an arrest warrant by EDMC Detectives.  He was transported to Troop H in Hartford and processed, then subsequently charged with the following crimes;


   Criminal Attempt to Commit Murder 53a-49/53a-54a

   Assault 1st Degree 53a-59

   Criminal Mischief 3rd Degree 53a-117

   Threatening 2nd degree 53a-62

   Cruelty to Animals 53-247


   Corver is currently being held on a $2,000,000.00 court set bond at the Department of Corrections facility MacDougall-Walker in Suffield. He was scheduled to appear for arraignment on Monday, April 28, 2014, at GA 19 in Rockville.


   This ongoing investigation is being conducted by the State Police Eastern District Major Crime Squad in cooperation with the Stateís Attorney Office out of GA 19 in Rockville.  Assisting in the investigation were members of the Connecticut State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Squad (CARS) and Troop K personnel. Multiple crime scene locations were identified and subsequently processed for evidence. The State Police utilized the resources of their K-9 teams to recover critical evidence to include the knife used in the attack. 


   During this assault, a Pug breed canine that the victim was holding in her arms ran from the vehicle and was believed to have suffered a knife wound as well. The canine has not been recovered as of yet.



Lt. J. Paul Vance 

Content Last Modified on 4/30/2014 4:32:41 PM