Kyle Navin still an heir to his parents’ will

Jeffrey and Jeanette Navin might have planned to cut their son Kyle from their wills at the time of their death, but they had not done so.

The wills were recently filed at the Probate Court at Trumbull Town Hall that serves Trumbull, Easton and Monroe. Judge T.R. Rowe presides over the court.

Kyle, and his brother, Taylor, 24, are the beneficiaries of the wills, which were signed in August 1987.

No codicils, or supplements, were filed to the original wills, which indicated their future children would inherit their estate if the parents were both deceased. Kyle was born a year after the wills were written, and Taylor followed a few years later.

Jeffrey Navin, 56, and Jeanette Navin, 55, were reported missing Aug. 7 by family members.

Kyle, 27, was the last person to see them, on Aug. 4.

Kyle has been charged with their murders, and his girlfriend, Jennifer Valiante, 31, has been charged with conspiracy to commit murder.

Kyle was accused of shooting them and dumping their bodies on the grounds of an uninhabited house in Weston, where they were discovered Oct. 29.

Kyle is being held on $2.5-million bond. Valiante is being held on $2-million bond.

Their cases are proceeding through the court.

Under Connecticut’s slayer statute, a person convicted of murdering another person may not be the beneficiary of a will.

Attorney Christopher Carveth of Milford has been appointed administrator with the wills, acting on behalf of Jeffrey Navin’s parents. He will serve as fiduciary of the estate. Carveth has two months to conduct an inventory of assets for the estate, although it could be extended, he said.

“The rules call for an inventory to be prepared after the assets are discovered,” Carveth said. “It could be a little complicated. Standard probate procedure allows the courtesy to be extended.”

Norton Feinstein, the attorney who originally prepared the wills, is deceased.

Value of the estate

The value of the estate is uncertain. In June Jeanette Navin sold for $900,000 a house in Weston where the couple lived and raised their sons.

However, a review of court cases on the Connecticut judicial system’s website showed that Jeffrey Navin had serious financial problems. A home he owned in Guilford was facing foreclosure by HSBC Bank for more than $2 million owed in mortgage costs.

A $139,101 judgment was issued against Navin in favor of Connecticut Light & Power for unpaid electric bills.

The couple lived before their murder in a rental house on Staples Road in Easton. They previously lived in a home on Osborn Farm Road in Weston, from 1994 until this June, when they sold their house and moved to Easton.

Kyle and Taylor attended Weston public schools and both were hockey players with the Wreckers, a cooperative hockey team between Staples High School in Westport and Weston High School.

Taylor was also a gifted golf athlete, and was part of a Weston High School team that won the Division 3 State Golf Championship. Taylor went off to college in Mississippi and eventually settled there, becoming a respected golf pro.

Kyle stayed in Connecticut and went to work for his father at the family’s sanitation company, J & J Refuse in Westport. Corporate records list Kyle as the company’s operations manager.

Jeanette Navin worked for the Weston public schools for the past 18 years.

A few days before they vanished, Jeanette Navin confided to a friend that she was distraught over her son, who she suspected was using drugs, and that she and her husband planned to cut him out of their will, according to the affidavit.

Law enforcement authorities used text messages and phone records between Kyle Navin and Valiante, among other evidence, in their charges against the two. The month before his parents disappeared, Kyle Navin wrote in a text message to Valiante that he had the “perfect plan” to get “$ for life,” according to the separate but related arrest warrant affidavits for the pair.

He mentioned a plan to “solve every single problem and give us a wealthy amazing life.”

She replied: “I hear ya. It sounds very good I just don’t know.”

— Additional reporting by Weston Forum Editor Patricia Gay.