New Britain man set to enter plea on murder charges in April shooting

Published on Wednesday, 28 September 2022 14:16


NEW BRITAIN – A New Britain man is expected to enter a plea next week on murder charges stemming from a shooting in April.

Christian Caraballo, 24, of 222 Winfield Drive, is set to face a judge in New Britain Superior Court on Thursday. His matter has been marked down for a plea, as he has yet to enter any plea to charges of murder and conspiracy to commit murder. 

The felony charges stem from the April 3 killing of Jonathan “Lil Jay” Gonzalez, who was shot four times in his arm, chest and abdomen in an apartment on Court Street.

Gonzalez was 32 years old when he was pronounced dead around 11:21 p.m. at the Hospital of Central Connecticut, where he was taken after the shooting.

According to court documents, police believe Caraballo and Robert Staples, 51, of 15 Covington St., conspired to kill Gonzalez. Investigators believe the motive was “drug related and over money owed,” though they have noted that there were several possible motives. 

Caraballo remains held on $2 million bond while his matter is pending.

Staples faces one count of conspiracy to commit murder and is being held on $1 million bond. He has pleaded not guilty to the felony charge.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or

Posted in New Britain Herald, New Britain on Wednesday, 28 September 2022 14:16. Updated: Wednesday, 28 September 2022 14:19.