Defense: Mental Health System Failed Stabbing Suspect

By: Harold Hayes

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Opening statements began Tuesday in the trial of a man accused of fatally stabbing a neighbor in 2008.

During opening statements, Defense Attorney Lisa Middleman told the jury her client, 41-year-old Terrence Andrews, sought help in the days before the murder and couldn’t get it.

“Western Psych told him he’d had enough treatment. He was told he would get no food vouchers and no bus pass until he stayed out of the hospital’s emergency room for two weeks,” Middleman said.

A few days later, Lisa Maas, 18, was stabbed to death. She was a culinary student and worked at a hospital in Oakland.

Maas had a deadly encounter with Andrews, her neighbor, after she made a comment about his body odor.

According to police, Andrews said, “I did it. Arrest me,” when they arrived at the Shadyside apartment complex on May 29, 2008. He was covered in blood.

Police also testified Andrews asked if there was a death penalty and kept saying, “I told them this would happen.”

The victim’s family has filed suit against Western Psych separately and wants justice in the criminal justice system.

“And I can only say that based on what we heard so far, my suspicions and Mr. Rosen’s suspicions are correct that the mental health system has totally failed,” Michael Calder, the family’s attorney, said. “And as a result of their failure, we’ve lost the life of an innocent 18-year-old girl and that is terrible.”


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One Comment

  1. stormie says:

    Just because Mr. Andrews could not get help when he felt like getting it is no excuse to kill someone and use the rejection of help as an excuse. in my opinion the manager of a Rite Aid grabbed a female employee by the hair and tried to cut off her ponytail with the office scissors on two separate shifts, his excuse it’s his job to initiate the new girls. Instead of corporate reprimanding the manager they are protecting him like he is a Catholic Priest and he still has full range of the Shadyside store.

    1. Bobbette says:

      Maybe she needed a “regulation” haircut and was resisting! “Hair above the collar girls, check your Pan Am Handbook!”

  2. Shane says:

    If i go up state i’ll rember to pay this guy a visit to his jail cell. Does anyone know how to use a mop ringer?

  3. BlameYourself says:

    I agree with stormie – West Psych may have turned him away but I don’t think that’s an excuse to go kill someone. I don’t think there should be a lawsuit filed against them. The idiot could have just kept himself away from others if he knew he was sick, or tried to seek help in other ways.

  4. FREEDOM says:


    1. Freedomdoesntmeanbedumb says:

      KDKA doesn’t limit it, the other commentors are allowed to say “You’re an idiot” and report a comment. It will stay up unless the People say to take it down. If you believe what you say, don’t comment that you’re not going to comment. Idiot.

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