Judge sets $1M bond for man charged with Bridgeport homicide

Miguel Rojas, 28, of Hallett Street in Bridgeport, Conn., surrendered to police Monday, Dec. 6, 2021, in connection with a Friday homicide in the Park City.

Miguel Rojas, 28, of Hallett Street in Bridgeport, Conn., surrendered to police Monday, Dec. 6, 2021, in connection with a Friday homicide in the Park City.

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BRIDGEPORT — A local man, accused of stalking and fatally shooting his former girlfriend’s new boyfriend, was ordered held in lieu of $1 million on Monday.

Miguel Rojas, 28, of Hallett Street, surrendered to police Monday morning before they could even secure a warrant for his arrest.

He was charged with murder, criminal use of a firearm, stalking and risk of injury to a child.

During Rojas’ arraignment Monday afternoon State’s Attorney Joseph Corradino urged Superior Court Judge Peter McShane to set a high bond for Rojas.

But Rojas’ lawyer, Frederick Paoletti, asked the judge for leniency. He said his client, the co-owner of an East Main Street car lube business, has two children and another one “on the way.”

“He should get some credit for turning himself in but murder is one of the most serious charges prosecuted in this courthouse,” the judge said.

He continued the case to Dec. 21.

Paoletti declined further comment as he left the Golden Hill Street courthouse.

Rojas, who was convicted in 2018 of assault charges, is charged with the fatal shooting of 37-year-old Jalen Parilla on Friday night.

According to police, gunfire rang out around 9:20 p.m. Friday in the area of West Avenue and West Liberty Street. Police said arriving units found Parilla, a Stratford resident, suffering from a gunshot wound.

Parilla was taken to St. Vincent’s Medical Center, where he died.

Police said witnesses told investigating officers that Rojas shot Parilla. On Saturday, police issued a plea to the public to report any information on Rojas’ whereabouts to investigators.