Lawyer: Evaluate stabbing suspect’s mental health

AP Alex Hribal
Alex Hribal, the suspect in the multiple stabbings at the Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville, Pa., is escorted by police to a district magistrate to be arraigned on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, in Export, Pa. Authorities say Hribal has been charged after allegedly stabbing and slashing at least 19 people, mostly students, in the crowded halls of his suburban Pittsburgh high school Wednesday. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

MURRYSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — The attorney for a 16-year-old charged in a stabbing spree at his Pittsburgh-area high school says he wants to have a mental health expert evaluate the boy.

The attorney also says he’s hoping to move the criminal charges against Alex Hribal to juvenile court. For now, Hribal is charged as an adult with attempted homicide, aggravated assault and a weapons charge in Wednesday’s attack at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville. Twenty-two people were injured.

In an interview Thursday with ABC’s “Good Morning America,” defense attorney Patrick Thomassey acknowledged that Hribal stabbed the victims and said he didn’t know what motivated him. He said Hribal is remorseful but didn’t appear to appreciate the gravity of his actions.

And he said Hribal’s parents were “horrified” by the attack.


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