Two families have launched a lawsuit against a Connecticut couple who allegedly supplied minors with alcohol prior to the fatal stabbing of a high school student. 

Paul Leifer, 59, and Susanna Leifer, 51, were previously arrested in March for the May 2022 house party, which came before student James McGrath, 17, was fatally stabbed at a separate party alongside three others later in the night. 

The couple were charged with permitting minors to possess alcohol, and Susanna was charged with second-degree reckless endangerment. 

They are now facing further lawsuits from two families whose children were stabbed at the second party, including from Thomas Connery, who claims the couple supplied ‘a substantial amount of alcohol’ to the minors.

He says they should have considered the potential consequences, as they should ‘have known that alcohol causes individuals, adults and minors included, to become intoxicated, impaired, and often, violent and aggressive.’ 

A second lawsuit filed by Jeffrey Heinz, whose son was also stabbed at the second party, also claims his son was savagely beaten at the Leifer’s initial party by guests, and that the hosts knew they were intoxicated. 

His son’s beating at the Leifer’s home included being struck in the head by a motorcycle helmet, the lawsuit claims. 

James McGrath, 27, was fatally stabbed on May 14, 2022, at a party after attending a separate party hosted by the Leifer's

James McGrath, 27, was fatally stabbed on May 14, 2022, at a party after attending a separate party hosted by the Leifer's

James McGrath, 27, was fatally stabbed on May 14, 2022, at a party after attending a separate party hosted by the Leifer’s 

Paul Leifer, 59

Paul Leifer, 59

Susanna Leife, 51

Susanna Leife, 51

Paul Leifer, 59, and Susanna Leifer, 51, are facing lawsuits from families who’s children were stabbed after attending a party where they allegedly supplied alcohol to minors. They were also arrested earlier this year, seen in their mugshots 

The fateful stabbing incident unfolded on the evening of May 14, 2022, after the Leifer’s hosted a booze-filled party at their home in Shelton, Connecticut. 

Connery’s lawsuit claimed the couple threw the bash where ‘a substantial amount of alcohol was served to, and consumed by, individuals under the age of [21].’ 

An initial fight broke out between the partiers at the Leifer’s home, but the group was allowed to move on to another nearby party in the town. 

Another fight quickly broke out at the second party, leading to the stabbing of four teenagers as the bash flew into a frenzy. 

One of those stabbed, McGrath, later succumbed to his injuries. 

Police charged 16-year-old Raul Eliah Valle with one count of murder and two counts of first-degree assault for allegedly stabbing McGrath and three others. 

He was released on a $2 million bail days after his arrest in June 2022. 

Valle reportedly attended St. Joseph High School, the school reportedly attended by others at the parties, while McGrath was a student at Fairfield Prep, an all-male private school that costs $23,000 a year. 

In his lawsuit against the Leifer’s, Connery claims that the couple did not take appropriate action to calm the group of teens after the initial fight broke out at their home. 

He alleges that they didn’t break up the fight and allowed the drunk highschoolers to leave, while never calling the police or taking ‘otherwise appropriate action.’ 

McGrath was stabbed alongside three other partiers in the horror episode, with new lawsuits claiming the night of violence also saw teens beaten at the Leifer's initial party earlier in the night

McGrath was stabbed alongside three other partiers in the horror episode, with new lawsuits claiming the night of violence also saw teens beaten at the Leifer's initial party earlier in the night

McGrath was stabbed alongside three other partiers in the horror episode, with new lawsuits claiming the night of violence also saw teens beaten at the Leifer’s initial party earlier in the night

Raul Eliah Valle, 16, who is charged with murder in the stabbing death of McGrath, pictured emerging from the courthouse after posting a $2 million bond in June 2022

Raul Eliah Valle, 16, who is charged with murder in the stabbing death of McGrath, pictured emerging from the courthouse after posting a $2 million bond in June 2022

Raul Eliah Valle, 16, who is charged with murder in the stabbing death of McGrath, pictured emerging from the courthouse after posting a $2 million bond in June 2022 

McGrath, 17, was found stabbed outside a Shelton, Connecticut home (pictured)

McGrath, 17, was found stabbed outside a Shelton, Connecticut home (pictured)

McGrath, 17, was found stabbed outside a Shelton, Connecticut home (pictured)  

The teenager attended Fairfield Prep - an all-male institution, which cost $23,000 a year to attend - while many others at the party reportedly attended a different nearby school

The teenager attended Fairfield Prep - an all-male institution, which cost $23,000 a year to attend - while many others at the party reportedly attended a different nearby school

The teenager attended Fairfield Prep – an all-male institution, which cost $23,000 a year to attend – while many others at the party reportedly attended a different nearby school 

The father’s lawsuit accused the couple of two counts of negligence, negligence per se, host liability, recklessness, and negligent infliction of emotional distress due to his son’s stabbing. 

In Heinz’ lawsuit, it is claimed that the Leifer’s decision to supply alcohol to the minors led his son to be brutally assaulted at the Leifer’s home shortly after arriving. 

It is claimed that he was assaulted by several of the Leifer[s’] guests, all underaged, who had consumed alcohol on the premises with the Leifer[s’] knowledge and consent.’

He was also ‘thrown to the ground, beaten with fists, kicked, and choked’, and was allegedly ‘beat’ over the head with a ‘motorcycle helmet.’ 

As is also claimed in Connery’s, the lawsuit adds that despite apparently knowing about the first fight at their home, the Leifers didn’t ‘report the assault to police… or in any way restrain their underaged, intoxicated guests.’ 

The lack of action, it is claimed, led the violence at the second party to erupt among the drunk teenagers, where Heinz’s son was ‘stabbed multiple times.’ 

The father is accusing the Leifers of recklessness, negligence, and negligence per se. 

Mcgrath’s father has also launched a lawsuit against the couple earlier this year, alleging similar reckless actions allowing the hostile youths to continue their fighting elsewhere. 

McGrath (pictured with her sister) was known as a star lacrosse and football player

McGrath (pictured with her sister) was known as a star lacrosse and football player

McGrath (pictured with her sister) was known as a star lacrosse and football player 

Mcgrath's family has also launched a lawsuit against the Leifer couple earlier this year, alleging they recklessly took no steps to calm the night of violence and supplied alcohol to minors

Mcgrath's family has also launched a lawsuit against the Leifer couple earlier this year, alleging they recklessly took no steps to calm the night of violence and supplied alcohol to minors

Mcgrath’s family has also launched a lawsuit against the Leifer couple earlier this year, alleging they recklessly took no steps to calm the night of violence and supplied alcohol to minors 

On the night McGrath was stabbed, police reportedly responded to ‘several 911 calls regarding a fight’ shortly before midnight, outside the second party. 

The officers found several stab victims laying in the front lawn, and a warrant said the owner of the property was at home during the grisly slashing. 

Witnesses later told police that the fight broke out on the front lawn and erupted to involve around 25 people.

Mcgrath’s death was also detailed in the warrant, explaining how he sustained ‘one stab wound to the left side of the chest’ that ‘went through the rib and heart.’ 

Source: | This article originally belongs to Daily Mail

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